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Title: Scientific American Supplement, No. 648, June 2, 1888.
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                           SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN


                         NEW YORK, JUNE 2, 1888

           Scientific American Supplement, Vol. XXV., No. 648.
                 Scientific American, established 1845.

              Scientific American Supplement, $5 a year.
            Scientific American and Supplement, $7 a year.

                           TABLE OF CONTENTS.


    I. ARCHITECTURE.--Evolution of the Modern Mill.--By C. J. H.
    WOODBURY.--Continuation of this Sibley College lecture, treating
    of the practical details of mill structures.                     10346

    II. ASTRONOMY.--Changes in the Stellar Heavens.--By J. E. GORE,
    F.R.A.S.--Changes of color, brightness, and position in the
    fixed stars as attested to by the records of the ancient and
    modern astronomers.                                              10355

    Distance and Constitution of the Sun.--Modern theories of the
    sun and difficulties in formulating a satisfactory explanation
    of all of its phenomena.                                         10354

    III. BOTANY.--The Common Dandelion.--By FREDERICK LEROY
    SARGENT.--The properties and life history of this common plant.--
    Its wonderful seed-distributing apparatus.--8 illustrations.     10355

    IV. CHEMISTRY.--Poison of the Somalis extracted from the Wood of
    the Ouabaio.--A recently investigated plant principle.           10358

    V. CIVIL ENGINEERING.--Test of a Wrought Iron Double Track Floor
    Beam.--By ALFRED P. BOLLER.--A test pushed to actual rupture of
    a full-sized member of a bridge.--1 illustration.                10344

    Timber and Some of its Diseases.--By H. MARSHALL WARD.--Part V.
    of this exhaustive treatise of the deterioration of one of the
    great structural materials.--1 illustration.                     10345

    Improved Torpedo Boat.--1 illustration.                          10348

    VI. ELECTRICITY.--Effect of Chlorine on the Electro-motive Force
    of a Voltaic Couple.--By D. G. GORE, F.R.S.--A very curious
    investigation, disclosing the sudden change in E. M. F. produced
    by a definite addition of chlorine.                              10351

    On a Theory Concerning the Sudden Loss of Magnetic Properties of
    Iron and Nickel.--By Mr. A. TOMLINSON, B.A.--A new theory,
    involving the probable rearrangement of the molecules or
    "magnetic atoms" of the metals in question.                      10358

    The Passive State of Iron and Nickel.--Note of this curious
    phenomenon.                                                      10347

    The Wimshurst Electric Machine.--Illustration of 13½ inch sparks

    The Application of Electricity to Lighting and Working.--By W.
    H. PREECE.--Lecture I.                                           10350

    VII. ENTOMOLOGY.--Systematic Relations of Platypsyllus as
    determined by the Larva.--By Dr. C. V. RILEY.--An important
    contribution to entomological science, a paper read at the
    meeting of the National Academy of Science, April 20, 1888.--4
    illustrations.                                                   10356

    VIII. HYGIENE.--Reducing Obesity--Note of general principles to
    be applied to diet and life. {Transcriber: Omitted by publisher.}

    The Care of the Eyes.--By Prof. DAVID WEBSTER.--A practical and
    scientific examination of how to preserve the eyesight and of
    the use and abuse of this important organ of sense.              10352

    Sanitation in Massachusetts.                                     10352

    IX. MECHANICAL ENGINEERING.--Hydraulic Tube Press.--An
    extraordinarily powerful press for striking up tubes from flat
    plates.                                                          10345

    The Distribution of Hydraulic Power in London.--A recent system
    introduced in London, with description of the plant and
    distribution pipes.                                              10344

    The One Hundred and Twenty Ton Shears of the Port of Marseilles.--
    An immense set of hoisting apparatus described and illustrated.--
    3 illustrations.                                                 10343

    X. PHOTOGRAPHY.--Colored Photography.--Mr. J. E. MAYALL'S recent
    advances in this phase of photography.                           10349

    XI. PHYSICS.--Scientific Apparatus at the Manchester Royal
    Jubilee Exhibition.--Notes of the most interesting electrical,
    photometrical, and communicating apparatus.                      10348

    The Spectra of Oxygen.--Interesting investigations of absorption
    spectra of oxygen.                                               10358

    XII. SURGERY.--Papillomatous Tumor of the Bladder, demonstrated
    by Means of Lister's Electro-cystoscope.--By F. N. OTIS, M.D.--
    An interesting instance of the use of an exploratory electric
    light.--2 illustrations.                                         10354

    Tumors of the Bladder Diagnosed by Means of the
    Electro-Endoscopic Cystoscope.--By Dr. MAX NITZE.--The same
    general subject in further detail, giving the German practice.--
    5 illustrations.                                                 10353

    XIII. TECHNOLOGY.--Future Prospects for Gas Companies.--By Mr.
    THOS. WOOD.--Fuel and oil gas and the future Utopia of improved
    gas manufacturing.--The ideal gas company of after days.--A
    valuable and suggestive paper.                                   10349

    Advertisements.                                                  10358


For a quarter of a century maritime nations have been continuously engaged
in improving the mechanical appliances of their large ports. The use of
tracks to bring goods to be placed on vessels as near as possible to the
shipping point, the substitution of oblique moles for perpendicular ones
in large docks, the creation of a hydraulic method of loading and
unloading through movable cranes (which will perhaps in a near future cede
to an electrical one), constitute the means most used for expediting
transshipments and reducing the expense of them to a minimum. But, at the
same time that the facilities for all kinds for handling packages have
been increased, it has also become necessary to greatly increase the power
of the machines applied to them. The construction of large packets now
requires the putting in place of boilers of great weight, and the adoption
of the huge pieces that compose the artillery of ironclads necessitates
the use of force that has been unknown up to recent times.

[Illustration: FIG. 1.--DIAGRAM OF SHEARS.]


At present, then, we could no longer be content with manual power, acting
upon windlasses or capstans, for lifting and shifting. It has become
necessary to apply steam or hydraulic motors to these operations. Of
these, the latter are the most used, on account of their easy operation
and their submitting to the greatest stresses with a very satisfactory
proportionality of the expenditure of motive power. One of the most
remarkable of such apparatus is the one that the Compagnie de Fives-Lille
has recently set up on one of the moles of the national dock at
Marseilles, for the service of the chamber of commerce, and this merits a
description so much the more in that it is an important improvement upon
the analogous apparatus now in use in other ports.

According to the conditions of the programme, powers of 25, 75, and 120
tons had to be obtained at will, with a proportional output of water, and
the load had to be lifted 22 ft. above the quay and carried horizontally
from 28 ft. beyond the edge to 16 ft. in the rear, so that the load might
be taken from a ship and deposited upon a wagon, and _vice versa_. The
shears, then, had to be capable of performing two operations, viz., of
lifting the load and of carrying it horizontally. To facilitate the
description, we shall first make known the arrangements that assure the
second operation.

The apparatus is of the type known as oscillating tripod. The tripod
consists of two lateral iron plate uprights, A A (Fig. 1), resting upon
the wharf wall, and of a beam, B, jointed to them above and connected
below with the head of the piston of a hydraulic press. This latter rests
upon an iron plate frame, solidly bolted to masonry. The piston pulls the
beam, B, toward it when it descends, and carries along in the same motion
the shears, A, as well as the load suspended from their point of junction,
and the load is thus carried to a distance of 16 ft. from the edge of the
wharf in order to be placed upon a wagon. Conversely, if the piston rises,
it pushes before it the entire framework, as well as the lifting
apparatus, the hook of which travels 28 ft. beyond the edge of the wharf.

The lifting apparatus consists likewise of a hydraulic press suspended
from the summit of the tripod; but, in order to prevent the joints of the
cylinder from working under the action of the load, which would tend to
open them and cause leakages, it is not suspended from the very axis of
the junction of the shears. The cylinder rests directly upon a huge
stirrup 45 ft. in length, the arms alone of which are affixed to the axis,
through a Cardan joint. Under such circumstances, the stress of the load
carried by the piston rod is exerted solely upon the branches of the
stirrup, and the sides of the cylinder work only under the pressure of the
motive water. The latter is introduced at the base of the press, through a
valve that a special workman, standing upon a platform supported by the
stirrup, maneuvers at will.

It will be seen that the general principle applied for utilizing the
motive power is that of direct action. It has already been employed in a
few analogous apparatus constructed by Sir William Armstrong, especially
those of the arsenal of Spezia and of the Elswick cannon foundry, but
solely for the lifting press. This is the first time that use has been
made of it to effect the oscillating motion corresponding to the
horizontal shifting of the load. This was formerly done through the
intermedium of a mechanism that, aside from its complication and higher
cost, presented the inconvenience of absorbing a large quantity of force
in friction; besides, the direct action permits of performing the
maneuvers much more quickly by the use of the water in reserve contained
in the accumulators.

Another important improvement, likewise due to the Compagnie Fives-Lille,
consists in the addition of safety clicks, which engage with racks
parallel with the piston rod of each of the presses and movable with it.
The clicks, on the contrary, are jointed to axes fixed on the bottom of
the cylinders. This arrangement presents the following advantages: If a
leakage occurs in the joints or feed pipe of the hoisting press, the
descent of the load can be stopped instantaneously, thus preventing the
grave damage that would be done to ships and even to the shears themselves
by the descent of a 120 ton load, however slow it might be. As regards the
oscillating press, this arrangement permits of fixing the base of the
connecting beam at any point whatever of its travel, when it is desired to
dismount the piston. Further, it permits of maintaining the shears in an
invariable position in case of sudden damages to the piping.

[Illustration: FIG. 3.--AUTOMATIC MULTIPLIER.]

In order to produce the three powers of 25, 75, and 120 tons required by
the programme, and at the same time expend in each case a corresponding
quantity of water under pressure, it is of course necessary to cause the
pressure of the motive water to vary in the same proportion as the stress
to be extended. This result is reached by calculating the diameter of the
two cylinders in such a way as to obtain the mean power of 75 tons, in
making the water of the general conduit act directly under the normal
pressure of 50 atmospheres. For the powers of 25 and 120 tons, use is made
of an automatic multiplier, that consists of two cylinders arranged end to
end, in which move pistons, A and B (Fig. 3), of different diameters. When
it is a question of lifting 120 tons, the water at 50 atmospheres actuates
the piston, A, and the other forces into the lifting cylinder motive water
under a much greater pressure. If the load to be lifted is but 25 tons,
the water at 50 atmospheres actuates the piston, B, and A forces the water
into the same cylinder at a much lower pressure. The same operations are
effected in the other cylinder when the extreme loads of 25 and 120 tons
are moved.

The shears are likewise provided with a hydraulic cylinder, E (Fig. 1),
placed on the back of the beam, B, and serving, through a cable, to bring
the piston of the large cylinder to the end of its upward stroke, and for
certain accessory work.

Finally, the apparatus as a whole is completed by an accumulator
containing in reserve a large part of the water necessary for each

The apparatus is capable of lifting a maximum load of 120 tons from 22
feet beneath the wharf to 22 feet above, and of moving it from 28 feet
beyond the edge to 16 feet back of it, say a total of 44 feet. The
cylinders of the lifting and oscillating presses are 1¾ feet in diameter
and 4 inches in thickness. The stroke of the second is 22½ feet. The
length of the uprights is 110½ feet and that of the connecting beam is 109
feet. The apparatus has been tested under satisfactory conditions with a
load of 140 tons.--_La Nature._


At a recent meeting of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a paper on the
above subject was read by Mr. Edward Bayzand Ellington, M. Inst. C. E. The
author observed that water power was no new force, but that, as formerly
understood, it was limited in its application to systems of mechanism
suitable for the low pressures found in nature. The effects obtained by
the use of high pressure were so different in degree from all previous
experience, that a new name was needed, and had been found in the term
"hydraulic power." Bramah's genius produced the hydraulic press, and he
clearly foresaw the future development and great capabilities of his
system; but it was reserved for Lord Armstrong to work out and superintend
the intricate details that had to be developed before the system could be
made fully serviceable. The public supply of hydraulic power in London
constituted the latest development of this system. The hydraulic power was
supplied through mains charged by pumping at a pressure of 700 lb. per
square inch. The first and largest pumping station had been erected on a
site known as Falcon Wharf, about 200 yards east of Blackfriars Bridge.
The engine house at present contained four sets of pumping engines, each
set being capable of exerting 200 I. H. P.

The engines were vertical compound, of a type comprising the advantages of
a three-throw pump with direct connection between the pump plungers and
the steam pistons. Each set of engines would deliver 240 gallons of water
per minute into the accumulators at 750 lb. pressure per square in. at a
piston speed of 200 ft. per minute. This was the normal speed of working;
but, when required, they could be worked at 250 ft. per minute, the
maximum delivery being 300 gallons per minute. The condensing water was
obtained from storage tanks over the engine house, and was returned by
circulating pumps to one or other of those tanks. The water delivered into
the mains was maintained all the year round at temperatures of between 60°
and 85°. The boilers were of the double flued Lancashire type, and were
made of steel. All were fitted with Vicars' mechanical stokers. At the
back of the boilers was a Green's economizer, consisting of ninety-six
tubes. The economizer and the stoker gear and worm were driven by a
Brotherhood three cylinder hydraulic engine. The reservoir of power
consisted of accumulators. The accumulators at the pumping station were
two in number, each having a ram 20 in. in diameter and 23 ft. stroke.

The weight cases were of wrought iron, and were filled with iron slag. The
total weight of the case and load on each ram was approximately 106 tons,
corresponding to a pressure of 750 lb. per square in. The storage tanks
formed the roofs for the engine and boiler houses. The water for the power
supply was obtained from the river Thames, and was pumped into the tank
over the engines. The water passed through the filtering apparatus by
gravity into the filtered water tank over the boiler house, which was 7
ft. below the level of the unfiltered water tank. The filters consisted of
cast iron cylinders, and each contained a movable perforated piston and a
perforated diaphragm, between which was introduced a quantity of broken
sponge; the sponge was compressed by means of hydraulic pressure from the
mains. The delivery of power water from the Falcon Wharf pumping station
was through four 6 in. mains. The most distant point of the mains from the
accumulators was at the west end of Victoria Street, and was 5,320 yards,
or just over three miles. To provide for all frictional loss in the pipes
and valves, the accumulators had been loaded to 750 lb., the stated
pressure supplied being 700 lb. per square in. The total length of the
mains at present laid was nearly twenty-seven miles. The mains were laid
in circuit, and there were stop valves at about every 400 yards, so that
any such section of main could be isolated.

The method employed for detecting leakage was based upon an automatic
record of the number of gallons delivered into the mains, and in cases of
abnormal increase during the night, if found to arise during the early
hours of the morning, the mains were tested. The power water used was
invariably registered through meters on the exhaust pipes from the
machines, and from the meters passed to the drains. There was a sliding
scale of charges from 8s. to 2s. per 1,000 gallons at 700 lb. pressure per
square inch, designed to meet, as nearly as possible, the variable
conditions and requirements of consumers. The more continuous the use, the
lower the charges. The scale was intended chiefly for intermittently
acting machinery, and experience had fully proved that these rates were
sufficiently low to effect a large saving to the consumer in almost all
cases, whether for a large or a small plant. The author believed any idea
of supplying power from a central source at rates much below these to be
chimerical. The practical efficiency of the hydraulic system might be
fixed at from 50 to 60 per cent. of the power developed at the central
station. No other method of transmission would, he thought, show a better
result; and the general convenience and simplicity of the hydraulic system
were such that its use would hardly be affected, even if there were no
direct economy in the cost of working.

In addition to the general supply of hydraulic power, in the City and
adjoining districts, to the six hundred and fifty machines at present
worked, a new departure had been taken by the application of hydraulic
power to an estate at Kensington Court--the name given to an area of about
seven acres opposite Kensington Gardens. Seventy houses and dwellings were
to be built on this estate, of which thirty had been already erected. Each
house was fitted with a hydraulic lift, taking the place of a back
staircase, and the power supply was provided on the estate expressly for
working these lifts. The driven machinery was of as great importance to an
economical and satisfactory result as the distributing plant, but this
obvious fact was not always understood. General regulations had been
prepared by the author, defining the conditions to be observed by
manufacturers in fitting up machinery for connection to the power mains.

They were intended to secure safety, and an efficient registration of the
quantity of power used; but they left the question of the economy and of
the efficiency of the machines to be settled between the consumers and the
makers. In London more lifts were working from the mains and more power
was used by them than by any other description of machinery. The number of
all classes at present at work was over four hundred. The principal types
in use were fully described. In some cases there had been, by adopting the
public supply, a saving in the cost of working of about 30 per cent., as
compared with the steam pumping plant previously in use.

Lifts were now becoming so general, and the number of persons who used
them was so great, that the author considered it necessary to urge the
importance of securing the greatest possible safety in their construction,
by the general adoption of the simple ram. Suspended lifts depended on the
sound condition of the ropes or chains from which the cages hung. As they
became worn and unreliable after a short period, it was usual to add
safety appliances to stop the fall of the cage in case of breakage of the
suspending ropes; but they could not be expected to act under all
circumstances. As an indication of the important part which lifts occupied
in a modern hotel, it might be mentioned that at the Hotel Metropole there
were, including the two passenger lifts and that for the passengers'
luggage, no less than seventeen hydraulic lifts in use day and night,
while the work done represented about 2,000 tons lifted 40 ft. in this
time. The next largest use of the power was for working hydraulic cranes
and hoists of various kinds along the river side, and in the city
warehouses. It often happened that the pressure in the power mains was not
sufficient for pressing purposes.

The apparatus known as an intensifier was then used, by which any pressure
required could be obtained. Hydraulic power was also used at Westminster
Chambers, and elsewhere, for the purpose of pumping water from the chalk
for domestic use. The pump was set going in the evening and continued
working till the tanks were full, or until it was stopped in the morning.
For work of this kind, done exclusively at night, a discount was allowed
from the usual rates. Mr. Greathead's injector hydrant, made at the
Elswick works, had been in use to a limited extent in London in connection
with the power mains.

A small jet of high pressure water, injected into a larger jet from the
water works mains, intensified the pressure of the latter in the delivery
hose, and also increased the quantity. By this means a jet of great power
could be obtained at the top of the highest building without the
intervention of fire engines. This apparatus enabled the hydraulic power
supply to act as a continuous fire engine wherever the mains were laid,
and was capable of rendering the greatest assistance in the extinction of
fire; but there was an apathy on the subject of its use difficult to
understand. In Hull the corporation had put down a number of these
hydrants in High Street, where the hydraulic power mains were laid, and
they had been used with great success at a fire in that street. The number
of machines under contract to be supplied with power was sufficient, with
a suitable reserve, to absorb the full capacity of the station at Falcon
Wharf, and another station of about equal capacity was now in course of
erection at Millbank Street, Westminster. The works had been carried out
jointly by the author and Mr. Corbet Woodall, M. Inst. C. E.; Mr. G.
Cochrane had been resident engineer and superintendent. The pumping
engines, accumulators, valves, etc., and a considerable portion of the
consumers' machinery, had been constructed at the Hydraulic Engineering
Works, Chester. Sir James Allport, Assoc. Inst. C. E., who was the first
to adopt hydraulic power for railway work, had been associated with the
enterprise from the commencement of its operations in 1882. His wide
influence and extended experience had greatly assisted the commercial
development of the undertaking.


               By ALFRED P. BOLLER, Mem. Am. Soc. C. E.

Testing to rupture actual bridge members is always a matter of great
scientific interest, and while the record is quite extensive in eye bars,
posts, or small parts, the great cost, time, and inconvenience of handling
heavy girders has prevented experiment in that direction. In fact, the
writer is unaware of any experiment upon compound riveted beams on a large
scale, as actually used, until the experiment recorded below was made
under his supervision. The beam was an exact duplicate of those in use on
a bridge, about which more or less controversy had arisen as to their
practical safety, and the test was made under, as near as possible, actual
conditions of attachment and loading. The annexed drawing shows the form
and proportion of the beam and connection with the posts, together with
the position of the track stringers. The actual static loads to which the
beam could be subjected by the heaviest engines in use on the road, with
weight of floor, is 40,000 lb. at each stringer bearing, the strains
computed therefrom being as follows: Flange strains at _m_, 3,800 lb. per
square inch; at _a_, 5,700 lb. per square inch; at _b_, 6,400 lb. per
square inch. Shear strains in web, between _a_ and _b_, 2,600 lb. per
square inch. Shear strains in web, between _a_ and end, 8,000 lb. per
square inch at least section, or where the web is 2 feet 4 inches deep, or
42 diameters between angle iron.

[1] Abstract of a paper read before the American Society of Civil
Engineers, November 16, 1887.



_Rivets._--All rivets 7/8 inch diameter, or 15/26 inch when driven to fill
holes; area of section, 0.6 square inch; bearing area, diameter × 3/8
plate = 0.35 square inch, and for 1/2 inch plate 0.47 square inch. Post
attachment, considering all the twenty-six rivets doing duty, yields
rivet strain as follows: In shear, single 5,000 lb. per square inch: and
bearing area--1/2 inch plate--6,600 lb. per square inch.

_Connection of 3/8 Web to Flange Angles._--Taking the forty rivets between
ends of girder and second stringer, the horizontal strain difference is
162,000 lb., the rivets being strained 3,400 lb. per square inch double
shear, and 11,600 lb. per square inch bearing area. Taking distance from
ends to first stringer, the horizontal strain difference is 105,000 lb.,
yielding on twenty rivets 4,200 lb. per square inch double shear, and
15,000 lb. per square inch bearing area. Taking a short distance of 2 feet
from ends, the horizontal strain is 70,000 lb. on ten rivets, giving 5,800
lb. per square inch double shear, and 20,000 lb. per square inch bearing
area. In these girders the weakness feared was in the end flange riveting
and shear in end web, and caused the test recorded below. The test was
recently made at the works of the Keystone Bridge Company, by means of
hydraulic power applied at stringer points. Convenience made it necessary
to make the test with the beam blocked up horizontal on the ground, so
that the weight of the beam is necessarily neglected. The beam was
connected with a pair of posts, precisely as in the actual structure,
between which an additional girder was framed as a reaction base for the
rams. The annexed diagram shows the general arrangements. The hydraulic
power was derived from the testing machine plant of the Keystone
establishment, and the deflections measured from a fine wire parallel to
the lower flange, and about 3 inches therefrom. The diameter of the ram
was 10 inches; area 78.54 inches. The record was as follows:

   Gauge    Load on               Deflections.   Total
  reading.  each ram.               _b_  _b_'     load.
              lb.                   in.   in.     lb.

   565       44,375                 1/8   1/8    177,500
  1130       88,750                 5/16  5/16   355,000
  1412      110,900                 3/8   3/8    443,600
       No permanent set in above
  1695      133,125 uncertain.      --    --     532,500
       Permanent set scant 1/32 inch.
  1980      155,500 not recorded.   --    --     622,000
       Permanent set 5/32 inch.
  2080 Failure commenced.           --    --     653,500

Failure commenced through giving way of angle irons, beginning in a fine
seam in the first bend of the lower flange from the end support, the seam
being along the root of the angle, which continual pressure tore apart
across the angle as shown, when the web commenced to tear like a sheet of
paper, in direction and manner as exhibited on plate herewith--from
photograph. From some cause not apparent the deflections were not similar
at the symmetrical end rams, _a_, the point where the web failed--left
side--being sharply deflected. While the angles showed root fracture at
the opposite point, the web did not fail or show indications of so doing,
the deflection being on an easy curve. With the extreme yielding of the
lower flange angles, the angle brackets connecting girder with posts
commenced to go, tearing likewise along the root, and stripping the heads
from the extreme upper rivets as shown. The internal diaphragm connecting
the channel sides of the posts was unaffected. The rivets connecting the
ruptured flange with web appeared as perfect as when driven, and no
indication was disclosed, as far as it was possible to tell, of the holes
in the web elongating or any upsetting of bearing surface. There is no
telling what the web and rivets would have borne had not the solid angle
irons given way at the first bend. It is to be noted that flange plate
with leg of angle attached thereto was intact, showing no indication of

_Discussion._--Taking that stage of the experiment when a permanent set
was first noted--viz., 1/32 inch--the recorded load was 532,500 lb., or as
near as may be 3-1/3 times the basis on which the calculations in the
first part of this paper were made--40,000 lb. on each stringer, or
160,000 lb. total. Applying this ratio to the preceding computations, the
iron would be apparently strained as follows:

             { _m_ 3,800 × 3-1/3 = 12,600 lb. per square inch (psi).
  Flanges at { _a_ 5,700 × 3-1/3 = 19,000 psi.
             { _b_ 6,400 × 3-1/3 = 21,200 psi.

  Web.  { Between _a_ and _b_, 2,600 × 3-1/3 = 8,700 lb. per square inch.
        { At least section, 8,000 × 3-1/3 = 26,600 psi.

          { Post attachment:
          {  Bearing area,  6,600 × 3-1/3 = 22,000 lb. per square inch.
          {  Single shear,  5,000 × 3-1/3 = 16,600 psi.
  Rivets. { Web and flange connections, end rivets:
          {  Bearing area, 20,000 × 3-1/3 = 66,600 psi.
          {  Double shear,  5,800 × 3-1/3 = 19,300 psi.

When failure in angles was first noted, the recorded load was 653,500 lb.,
or slightly more than four times the computed basis of load, which would
increase the above strains about one-fifth, giving a calculated flange
strain when angle failed of some 15,000 lb. per square inch, and bearing
area strain on end flange and web rivets about 80,000 lb. per square inch,
neither of which could possibly be true, or the web would have torn out
from the rivets, and the flanges be perfectly sound, well within elastic
limits, although in the last case it is to be noted that the horizontal
table of the flange was perfectly sound, the flange failure commencing
primarily with a long split along the weld of the angle iron root,
throwing the whole flange duty upon the vertical legs of the angle iron,
when a rupture strain was quickly reached. Had the angles been rolled from
a solid ingot, or on the German method of developing from a flat instead
of from the ordinary welded pile, the strength of this beam would have
been largely increased. The prime weakness in this beam was due,
therefore, to the mode of manufacturing the angle irons, which were weak
along the weld at the root. This was also shown in the end bracket angles
uniting the beam to the posts. The writer deduces from this experiment
that a plate web is an exceedingly stiff member, much stiffer than is
commonly supposed; that the customary method of proportioning
rivets--viz., the horizontal component between any two given points
divided by allowable bearing pressure per square inch equals number of
rivets required--is not true, and that the friction due to power riveting
has enormous value. This beam was reported to the company interested as
practically safe by the writer, on general considerations, before the
experiment was made, and the opinion reaffirmed after the experiment.

       *       *       *       *       *

London Bridge cost $10,000,000. It is 900 feet long and 54 feet wide.
100,000 persons pass over it every twenty-four hours. The lamp posts are
made from cannon taken during the Peninsular War.

                         HYDRAULIC TUBE PRESS.

Forming metal tubes from circular plates by pressing or forcing them, by
the aid of mandrels, through dies or annular rings, though comparatively a
modern manufacture, is carried on to a considerable extent, and with the
improvements that are almost daily being made in it, and the rapidly
extending use of such tubes, this extraordinary process bids fair to
become a most important manufacture.


The press illustrated here was designed and made by Messrs. Henry Bessemer
& Co., of Sheffield, for Mr. Samuel Walker, of Birmingham, for the
manufacture of tubes of large size, and also for making hollow steel

The press is made entirely of Bessemer steel, and is of the three-column
construction, a strong casting of triangular form serving as a base of the
press; into this casting the three columns fit, and carry on their upper
ends a like casting, forming a top or entablature. Into this top casting
the main cylinder is fixed mouth downward, concentric with the machine.
Two small cylinders for giving the return or upward stroke rest mouth
upward in the bottom casting at opposite sides. The two rams of these
cylinders pass through the ends of, and carry, a crosshead, upon which the
main ram rests. The two lifting rams are made long enough to pass through
holes in the top casting, and thus form guides to the crosshead and

The main ram is 24 in. in diameter, and has a stroke of 12 ft. The press
is worked at a pressure of 3 tons per square inch, giving a down force of
1,300 tons. The two lifting rams are each 8½ in. in diameter, and give an
upward force of 300 tons. This large upward force is required for
stripping the tubes off the mandrels, in addition to raising the main ram
crosshead, etc.

Referring to the engraving, the main cylinder is seen at the top with the
main ram carrying the crosshead, to which are connected the two lifting
rams, the cylinders for which extend below ground. By this arrangement a
reciprocating motion is obtained, rams only being used, the central ram
giving the downward thrust, and the two smaller side rams giving the
upward stroke.

Mr. Walker has this press in operation, and from a disk of steel 3 ft. in
diameter, having a mean thickness of about 4 in., he has raised a tube or
cylinder with a solid end to it 3 ft. 6 in. long and 12 in. in diameter,
of a uniform thickness of about 1 in., and sanguine hopes are entertained
of producing greater results. Messrs. Bessemer & Co. are now making a
larger press of similar construction.--_Engineering._



If we turn our attention for a moment to the illustrations in the first
article, it will be remembered that our typical log of timber was clothed
in a sort of jacket termed the cortex, the outer parts of which constitute
what is generally known as the bark. This cortical covering is separated
from the wood proper by the cambium, and I pointed out that the cells
produced by divisions on the outside of the cambium cylinder are employed
to add to the cortex.

[2] Continued from SUPPLEMENT, No. 644, page 10281.

Now this cortical jacket is a very complicated structure, since it not
only consists of numerous elements, differing in different trees, but it
also undergoes some very curious changes as the plant grows up into a
tree. It is beyond the purpose of these articles to enter in detail into
these anatomical matters, however; and I must refer the reader to special
text books for them, simply contenting myself here with general truths
which will serve to render clearer certain statements which are to follow.

[Illustration: FIG. 20.--A piece of the cambium and cortical jacket of a
young oak, at the end of the first year. It may be regarded as consisting
of three parts, in addition to the cambium, C_a_. Beginning from the
outside, we have: 1. Cork cells, X, formed from the cork cambium, C.C_a_:
the cells developed on the inside of the latter, C_l_, are termed
collenchyma, and go to add to the cortex. 2. The cortex proper, consisting
of parenchyma cells, _pa_, some of which contain crystals. 3. The inner or
secondary cortex (termed _phloem_ or bast), developed chiefly by the
activity of the cambium, C_a_: this phloem consists of hard bast fibers,
_hb_, sieve tubes, S, and cells, _c_, and is added to internally by the
cambium, C_a_, each year. It is also traversed by medullary rays, M_r_,
which are continuations of those in the wood. The dotted line, [psi], in
the cortical parenchyma indicates where the new cork cambium will be
developed: when this is formed, all the tissues (e.g. _pa_, C_l_) lying on
the outside of the new cork will die, and constitute (together with the
cork) the true _bark_.]

It is possible to make two generalizations, which apply not only to the
illustration (Fig. 20) here selected, but also to most of our timber
trees. In the first place, the cortical jacket, taken as a whole, consists
not of rigid lignified elements, such as the tracheids and fibers of the
wood, but of thin-walled, soft, elastic elements of various kinds, which
are easily compressed or displaced, and for the most part easily killed or
injured--I say for the most part easily injured, because, as we shall see
immediately, a reservation must be made in favor of the outermost tissue,
or cork and bark proper, which is by no means so easily destroyed, and
acts as a protection to the rest.

The second generalization is, that since the cambium adds new elements to
the cortex on the inside of the latter, and since the cambium cylinder as
a whole is traveling radially outward--_i.e._, further from the pith--each
year, as follows from its mode of adding the new annual rings of wood on
to the exterior of the older ones, it is clear that the cortical jacket as
a whole must suffer distention from within, and tend to become too small
for the enlarging cylinder of rigid wood and growing cambium combined.
Indeed, it is not difficult to see that unless certain provisions are made
for keeping up the continuity of the cortical tissues, they must give way
under the pressure from within. As we shall see, such a catastrophe is in
part prevented by a very peculiar and efficient process.

Before we can understand this, however, we must take a glance at the
structural characters of the whole of this jacket (Fig. 20). While the
branch or stem is still young, it may be conveniently considered as
consisting of three chief parts.

(1) On the outside is a thin layer of flat, tabular cork cells (Fig. 20,
C_o_), which increase in number by the activity of certain layers of cells
along a plane parallel to the surface of the stem or branch. These cells
(C.C_a_) behave very much like the proper cambium, only the cells divided
off from them do not undergo the profound changes suffered by those which
are to become elements of the wood and inner cortex. The cells formed on
the outside of the line C.C_a_ in fact simply become cork cells; while
those formed on the inside of the line C.C_a_ become living cells (C_l_)
very like those I am now going to describe.

(2) Inside this cork-forming layer is a mass of soft, thin-walled "juicy"
cells, _pa_, which are all living, and most of which contain granules of
chlorophyl, and thus give the green color to the young cortex--a color
which becomes toned down to various shades of olive, gray, brown, etc., as
the layers of cork increase with the age of the part. It is because the
corky layers are becoming thicker that the twig passes from green to gray
or brown as it grows older. Now, these green living cells of the cortex
are very important for our purpose, because, since they contain much food
material and soft juicy contents of just the kind to nourish a parasitic
fungus, we shall find that, whenever they are exposed by injury, etc.,
they constitute an important place of weakness--nay, more, various fungi
are adapted in most peculiar ways to get at them. Since these cells are
for the most part living, and capable of dividing, also, we have to
consider the part they play in increasing the extent of the cortex.

(3) The third of the partly natural, partly arbitrary portions into which
we are dividing the cortical jacket is found between the green, succulent
cells (_pa_) of the cortex proper (which we have just been considering)
and the proper cambium, C_a_, and it may be regarded as entirely formed
directly from the cambium cells. These latter, developed in smaller
numbers on the outside, toward the cortex, than on the inside, toward the
wood, undergo somewhat similar changes in shape to those which go to add
to the wood, but they show the important differences that their walls
remain unlignified, and for the most part very thin and yielding, and
retain their living contents. For the rest, we may neglect details and
refer to the illustration for further particulars. The tissue in question
is marked by S, _c_, _hb_ in the figure, and is called _phloem_ or bast.

A word or two as to the functions of the cortex, though the subject
properly demands much longer discussion. It may be looked upon as
especially the part through which the valuable substances formed in the
leaves are passing in various directions to be used where they are wanted.
When we reflect that these substances are the foods from which everything
in the tree--new cambium, new roots, buds, flowers, and fruit, etc.--are
to be constructed, it becomes clear that if any enemy settles in the
cortex and robs it of these substances, it reduces not only the general
powers of the tree, but also--and this is the point which especially
interests us now--its timber-producing capacity. In the same way, anything
which cuts or injures the continuity of the cortical layers results in
diverting the nutritive substances into other channels. A very large class
of phenomena can be explained if these points are understood, which would
be mysterious, or at least obscure, otherwise.

Having now sketched the condition of this cortical jacket when the branch
or stem is still young, it will be easy to see broadly what occurs as it
thickens with age.

In the first place, it is clear that the continuous sheet of cork (C_o_)
must first be extended, and finally ruptured, by the pressure exerted from
within. It is true, this layer is very elastic and extensible, and
impervious to water or nearly so--in fact, it is a thin layer or skin,
with properties like those of a bottle cork--but even it must give way as
the cylinder goes on expanding, and it cracks and peels off. This would
expose the delicate tissues below, if it were not for the fact that
another layer of cork has by this time begun to form below the one which
is ruptured: a cork-forming layer arises along the line [phi] and busily
produces another sheet of this protective tissue in a plane more or less
exactly parallel with the one which is becoming cracked. This new
cork-forming tissue behaves as before: the outer cells become cork, the
inner ones add to the green succulent parenchyma cells (_pa_). As years go
on, and this layer in its turn splits and peels, others are formed further
inward, and if it is remembered that a layer of cork is particularly
impervious to water and air, it is easy to understand that each successive
sheet of cork cuts off all the tissues on its exterior from participation
in the life processes of the plant: consequently we have a gradually
increasing _bark_ proper, formed of the accumulated cork layers and other
dead tissues.

A great number of interesting points, important in their proper
connections, must be passed over here. Some of these refer to the anatomy
of the various "barks"--the word "bark" being commonly used in commerce to
mean the whole of the cortical jacket--the places of origin of the cork
layer, and the way in which the true bark peels off: those further
interested here may compare the plane, the birch, the Scotch pine, and the
elm, for instance, with the oak. Other facts have reference to the
chemical and other substances found in the cells of the cortex, and which
make "barks" of value commercially. I need only quote the alkaloids in
cinchona, the fibers in the malveceæ, the tannin in the oaks, the coloring
matter in _Garcinia_ (gamboge), the gutta percha from _Isonandra_, the
ethereal oil of cinnamon, as a few examples in this connection, since our
immediate subject does not admit of a detailed treatment of these
extremely interesting matters.

The above brief account may suffice to give a general idea of what the
cortical jacket covering our timber is, and how it comes about that in the
normal case the thickening of the cylinder is rendered possible without
exposing the cambium and other delicate tissues: it may also serve to show
why bark is so various in composition and other characters. But it is also
clear that this jacket of coherent bark, bound together by the elastic
sheets of cork, must exert considerable pressure as it reacts on the
softer, living, succulent parts of the cortex, trapped as they are between
the rigid wood cylinder and the bark; and it is easy to convince
ourselves that such is the case. By simply cutting a longitudinal slit
through the cortex, down to near the cambium, but taking care not to
injure the latter, the following results may be obtained. First, the bark
gapes, the raw edges of the wound separating and exposing the tissues
below; next in course of time the raw edges are seen to be healed over
with cork--produced by the conversion of the outer cells into cork cells.
As time passes, provided no external interference occurs, the now rounded
and somewhat swollen cork-covered edges of the wound will be found closing
up again; and sooner or later, depending chiefly on the extent of the
wound and the vigor of the tree, the growing lips of the wound will come
together and unite completely.

But examination will show that although such a slit wound is so easily
healed over, it has had an effect on the wood. Supposing it has required
three years to heal over, it will be found that the new annual rings of
wood are a little thicker just below the slit; this is simply because the
slit had released the pressure on the cambium. The converse has also been
proved to be true--_i.e._, by increasing the pressure on the cambium by
means of iron bands, the annual rings below the bands are thinner and
denser than elsewhere.

But we have also seen that the cambium is not the only living tissue below
the bark: the cortical parenchyma (_pa_) and the cells (_c_) of the inner
cortex (technically the phloem) are all living and capable of growth and
division, as was described above. The release from pressure affects them
also; in fact, the "callus," or cushion of tissue which starts from the
lips of the wound and closes it over, simply consists of the rapidly
growing and dividing cells of this cortex, _i.e._, the release from
pressure enables them to more than catch up the enlarging layer of cortex
around the wound.

An elegant and simple instance of this accelerated growth of the cortex
and cambium when released from the pressure of other tissues is exhibited
in the healing over of the cut ends of a branch, a subject to be dealt
with later on; and the whole practice of propagation by slips or cuttings,
the renewal of the "bark" of cinchonas, and other economic processes,
depend on these matters.

In anticipation of some points to be explained only if these phenomena are
understood, I may simply remark here that, obviously, if some parasite
attacks the growing lips of the "callus" as it is trying to cover up the
wound, or if the cambium is injured below, the pathological disturbances
thus introduced will modify the result: the importance of this will appear
when we come to examine certain disturbances which depend upon the attacks
of fungi which settle on these wounds before they are properly healed
over. In concluding this brief sketch of a large subject, it may be noted
that, generally speaking, what has been stated of branches, etc., is also
true of roots; and it is easy to see how the nibbling or gnawing of small
animals, the pecking of birds, abrasions, and numerous other things, are
so many causes of such wounds in the forest.

                          (_To be continued._)

                   SIBLEY COLLEGE LECTURES.--1887-88.



                  By C. J. H. WOODBURY, Boston, Mass.

                              BELT TOWERS.

The distribution of power has not always received the judicious treatment
which its importance deserves. There are but few references to this
question in the books on the subject, and these treat of methods that are
not in accordance with the application of the art in its present state.

[3] Continued from SUPPLEMENT, No. 647, page 10331.

The lecture was illustrated by about fifty views on the screen, which
cannot be reproduced here, showing photographs of mills and mechanical
drawings of the methods of construction alluded to in the lecture.

The early form of the distribution of power consisted in placing a
vertical shaft extending through the whole mill and distributing the power
at each story by means of beveled gears, generally of skew-beveled form.
The mechanical defects of such a method of distributing power, with regard
to protection, repairs, and necessary care, are readily apparent, and
there have also been many severe accidents caused by the breaking of teeth
in these gears.

The present method of distributing power in this country is entirely by
lines of belts extending up through what is known as a belt tower, which
constitutes an element of great fire hazard to a mill. In some cases the
belts are carried from story to story, covered by a casing of wood, and in
other instances the tower forms a flue which may be the means of the rapid
spread of fire throughout the building.

Before the introduction of automatic sprinklers there was not, I believe,
a single instance of a fire entering the lower portion of a belt tower
during working hours without accomplishing the destruction of the mill.
Since the equipment of such places with automatic sprinklers, there have
been several fires of this nature extinguished with nearly nominal damage.
That is to say, the hazard of fire starting in such places is beyond the
capacity of any apparatus other than automatic sprinklers to cope with it.

It would be impossible to arrange the distribution of power in many mills
to conform to conditions of safety without reorganizing the whole plant,
which would, of course, be impracticable. But in many instances
modifications can be introduced which will diminish the hazard to a great
degree. When the pulleys and belting are covered with sheathing in each
room, the continuity of these flues can be broken by removing this
sheathing down to the height of four or five feet above the floor, so that
the covering will merely constitute a physical protection to any one
approaching the belting.

The best method of arranging the belt tower has been in the case of a mill
at Fall River, which was erected upon the ruins of a building destroyed by
a fire originating in the belt tower. The machinery is driven by a steam
engine situated in an ell projecting from one side at about the middle of
the mill; and the main belt communicates to pulleys in a stone masonry
tower located directly inside the walls of the main mill; and thence,
from pulley to pulley, the power is communicated to each floor by shafting
passing through holes left in the tower, and in no instances by means of

There is a separate stairway inside of the tower for lubricating the
journals, etc., and the top of the tower is covered with skylights
protected underneath by a wire netting. In case of a fire in the belt
tower, the heat will readily break the glass at the top, and the fire will
tend to go up and out of the tower rather than through the mill.

                             MILL FLOORS.

The questions involved in designing the floors of a mill are of great
importance, contributing in no small measure to elements concerned in the
successful operation of the mill, and to a greater extent to its standing
as a fire risk, and therefore affecting the constant expense of insurance.

In the case of a building designed merely for sustaining of loads, as in a
storehouse, a floor would naturally be designed on the basis of
considering the breaking strength of the timber. But in the case of a
mill, the limitation is the amount of flexure allowable under the
circumstances; and therefore the floors of the building are made more
nearly rigid than would be required merely from the consideration of the
ultimate strength of the structure.

The books on the subject, repeating over a constant which was first, I
believe, given by Brunel in testimony before a parliamentary commission,
have held that one four-hundredth of a span is the proper ratio of
flexure. This may have been a very good rule to give to the parliamentary
commission, but it is hardly the practical method of limitation for a
matter of engineering construction, because the flexure of a loaded beam
is in the form of a curve, and therefore its law is that of a curvilinear
function, and not of a straight line. I have examined a great number of
precedents of good construction in this connection, and for mill use have
deduced the formula for deflection in inches, _d_ = 0.0012 L², in which L
is the length of span in feet. It will be readily recognized that the true
constant of deflection of span is measured by the radius of curvature
which will give a uniform and allowable distortion to the floor in either
direction to the limit of the radius upon which this formula is based,
which is 1,250 feet.

I do not propose to offer to you on this occasion any remarks in regard to
the treatment of the mathematics of the problem of applied mechanics
concerned in the questions of transverse stress, knowing that you have
certainly received instruction upon these subjects. But referring to the
questions of mill floors, I would state that Southern pine beams of solid
timber twelve by fourteen up to fourteen by sixteen inches are used; and
instead of attempting the use of one piece of timber, it is preferable to
use two pieces of the same depth and of half the breadth. These should be
bolted together, with a space of an inch or so between them left by
placing small vertical pieces of wood between the timbers when they are
bolted together. In this manner one is more sure of sound timber, and in
the process of seasoning there is less liability of dry rot in the
interior, or of injurious checking, warping, or twisting.

The end of the beams should rest upon iron plates in the masonry, and
should be secured by means of a tongue upon the plate entering a groove
across the lower side of the beam. It is not feasible to make this groove
to a close fit with the tongue; but it is cut a great deal larger, and the
whole brought to a firm bearing by means of pairs of wedges or quoins
driven into the groove each side of the iron tongue.

The outer end of the plate contains ribs or tongues reaching down into the
brickwork. In this manner the timber is securely fastened to the
brickwork; and yet in time of accident or of fire the falling of the beam
in the middle of the mill will raise it up sufficiently so that it will
clear the tongue and fall without tearing the wall down, which is the case
whenever the beams are secured by bolts entering the end of the beam from
the face of the wall.

At the points of support in a line of columns, the beams should be free
from all compressive stress, transmitted through the lines of columns from
floors above, by means of iron pintles between the cap of one column and
the floor of the next one carrying this load.

A faulty method of construction, quite frequently used, consists in
covering each column with a bolster of timber, four or five feet long,
reaching out under the floor beams.

The transverse contraction of wood in seasoning after it is in position in
the mill varies from three-eighths of an inch to double that quantity per
foot; and the aggregation of such shrinkage amounts to a very considerable
distortion or settling of the floor in a mill of several stories.
Moreover, the resistance of timber to transverse crushing has been shown
by experiments on the testing machine at the United States arsenal at
Watertown to be about three times the resistance to longitudinal crushing.

Iron columns for mills have been entirely displaced by those of timber, as
it was found that the latter were more reliable in resistance to fire,
were freer from defects in construction, and possessed less tendency to
vibration. A series of tests on full-sized mill columns of various forms
of construction and age, made in the experiments referred to, at the
Watertown arsenal, showed that resistance to crushing of Southern pine
columns was about 4,500 pounds to the square inch, and remarkably uniform
as to the different results. In white oak there was a wider range, owing
to the difference in the grain of the various samples, the generality of
the specimens being of somewhat less resistance than that of Southern

It was furthermore found by these experiments, on comparing the crushing
resistance of a full-sized column with that of a portion of the same,
perhaps two feet in length, that the results were practically identical,
likewise that within the limits of construction used for these columns the
question of flexure did not enter at all in the problem, but they gave way
by direct crushing, and that the resistance to crushing was proportional
to its load upon the minimum cross section.

The precedents of safe construction in this matter show that wood columns
in mills have successfully sustained for many years a load of six hundred
pounds to the square inch without deterioration. As the resistance of
such columns is proportional to the cross section, the results of these
experiments have changed the practice of mill engineers in the matter; and
square columns are of almost universal use, which interfere with no
greater area on the floor than the round column of the same diameter,
while they furnish an increased resistance of a little over twenty per
cent. in excess.

Along the axis of such columns a hole of about one and one-half inches in
diameter is bored, and near each end a couple of transverse holes,
generally half an inch in diameter, furnish means of ventilating the
inside of the column for the prevention of dry rot and also checking, due
to contraction and seasoning.

There are several methods of laying the floor plank upon these beams,
which are placed from eight to ten feet apart, according to the dimensions
of the machinery to be placed in the mill. The first floor of three-inch
plank, planed on one side and grooved on both edges, is laid planed side
down, and the hardwood splines are inserted into the grooves before the
planks are pressed up and spiked to the beams. An agreeable finish is
sometimes arranged underneath by plowing a rabbet in each of the corners,
and inserting a bead in the groove thus formed, which is secured by nails
driven diagonally into the plank on one side only, because if the nails
were driven into both sides, the bead would be split by the contraction of
the plank.

These planks should be cut to sufficient length to cover two bays of the
mill; and their transverse resistance is that of a beam fixed at one end
and supported at the other, or one and three-fifths as much as a plank of
the same size but half the length would support; but it should be
remembered in this connection that, if evenly distributed on the floor,
five-eighths of the load would be carried by every alternate beam unless
the planks are so laid to break joints at convenient intervals of about
three feet.

The top flooring is generally laid directly upon the floor plank, with one
or two thicknesses of roofing paper interposed; but the preferable method,
which deadens the sound and vibration, and also greatly increases the
fire-resisting qualities of the structure, is to lay a coat of mortar on
the floor plank, preserving the uniform thickness by means of furring
placed about sixteen inches apart, and then to lay the upper floor upon

For these upper floors hardwood plank, one and one-fourth inches thick,
and not over four inches wide, is used. The black birch is considered by
many to possess the greater resistance to wear; and Southern pine is
ranked next, although the latter wood gives trouble by stringing,
especially when trucks are rolled over it. White maple forms an excellent
top floor, although not so hard as others, especially where the floor is
likely to be exposed to water, as in paper mills and bleacheries.


Benjamin Franklin once said that next to a good foundation a good roof was
the most important feature of a building. Although the constructive
features of mill roofs are well defined, yet with regard to roof covering
there is a wide diversity of experience and opinion.

The present form of factory roofing resembles a floor in its construction,
being made, in a similar manner, of plank laid upon beams which project
through the walls, where they act as a bracket to the cornice, the ends
being sawed after any suitable ornamentation. The inclination for such
roofs is about three-fourths of an inch to the foot. Where a mill is
narrow enough for a single beam to reach from the wall to the ridge, they
form cantilevers, the second point of support from the wall being by the
columns one-third of the distance across the mill, and the ends of the
beams are further secured together by means of iron dogs. For mills of
greater width, the beam would reach only to the row of columns, and over
the middle of the mill a beam is placed, usually horizontal on the under
side, and hewn down from the middle to each end, so as to preserve the
same slope on the upper side of the beam as for the roof.

In many instances mills are built with brick cornices, without any of the
wood projection from the side; and in other buildings the walls are
carried above the roof, which slopes toward the center, and all water
falling on it or melted from the snow is conducted from it by pipes
leading down through the middle of the mill.

It is not desirable to place gutters around the edge of the mill, as they
serve no useful purpose, and are in continual need of repairs. By leaving
the edge of the mill plank square and protecting it by sheet metal
flashing, the rain falling from the roof can be received by a concave walk
of coal tar concrete placed on the ground around the building. Suitable
porches over doors, or some guard on the roof at these points, will
prevent people who may be passing in at doors from being unduly wet by
water from the roof.

There are numerous forms of roof coverings, the use of the different
varieties being to a great extent local; that is, the sheet iron coverings
used in the Middle States are almost unknown in New England; and in the
latter place the ordinary tinned iron roofing is universally painted,
while in the Dominion of Canada it is laid obliquely and never painted.

It is conceded by all that sheet copper forms the most desirable method of
covering a roof; and, if one could be assured of the permanence of the
structure, irrespective of the necessity for making changes every half
year in order to keep pace with the march of invention, it would doubtless
be shown that under such conditions of permanency copper would form the
cheapest roof.

The most widely used roofing materials for this class of buildings are the
asphalt and the coal tar roof, the latter being the most widely used in
New England. There are numerous varieties of these composition coverings,
which are applied by various methods. Some of these are of the most
satisfactory character, while others are poorly designed and unskillfully
applied, and are a constant source of trouble and expense to the occupant
of the building.

One of the leading manufacturers, the efficiency of whose work for many
years over a large amount of mill property I can vouch for by personal
knowledge, uses the following method of applying the roofing. Three layers
of roofing felt are placed on the plank parallel to the eaves, and
continued by lapping each additional layer two thirds of its width upon
the preceding one, and in this manner covering the roof with three
thicknesses of the felt, breaking joints. This is secured to the roof by
nails through tin washers and coated with a melted composition, and then
two additional layers of felt are placed over the whole. Another coat of
composition is then applied and gravel is placed over the whole while

This maker does not approve of the practice of cementing each sheet of
felt when it is laid, because it does not allow the felt freedom to yield
from the expansion and contraction of the roof. When tin is applied to
roofs, resin-sized building paper should first be laid on the roof plank,
and the sheets of tin should be painted on the lower side before being

Of late years cotton duck has been applied as a roof covering, and has
been watched with a great deal of anticipation, although it has been used
for similar purposes in covering ships' decks for many years. But the two
uses are not strictly comparable, because the ship's deck is calked tight,
and therefore the covering is free from the application of moisture
underneath, while the roof is never tight, and the warm air underneath,
heavily charged with moisture, which permeates the cracks between the
planks, becomes chilled and condenses as it nears the top, carrying on a
process of distillation.

As an example of the extent to which this can be carried on, I have known
of instances where people presumed they were making a good roof by leaving
slight air spaces by means of the furring laid between the roof plank and
the top boarding. The circulation of air in these spaces deposited
sufficient moisture to rot the boards.

A mill manager, wishing to have a roof over a very warm room, which should
be both tight and a very perfect non-conductor, made a roof containing a
space of about sixteen inches, which was filled with sawdust, and the roof
boarding on top of this was covered with tar and gravel in the usual
manner. In a few weeks the water began to drip through the ceiling as if
the roof was leaking, although there was no snow on the top of the roof.
Investigation showed that within that short time a sufficient amount of
water had condensed with the sawdust to saturate the whole.

I would say in this connection that three inches of plank afford an ample
protection against condensation over any ordinary process of manufacture,
although four inches of plank have been used as a roof over paper machines
in order to be safe beyond peradventure; but it is necessary that nails
should not be driven into the bottom of this roof plank, because the point
of a nail will reach to a lower temperature near the outside of the roof
in the winter, and being a better conductor, it will cause moisture to
condense upon the head of the nail.

Tin roofing is so general in use as not to require any allusion to methods
of application, but the only course to reach economical and satisfactory
results for a term of years, especially for locations near to the sea
shore, is to use the best quality of dipped roofing plates of some brand
which can be relied on as conforming to the standard and free from
"wasters" or imperfect plates.

Duck roofing has been successfully applied by first laying and tacking
down a covering of two-ply asphalt paper, and upon this was spread a
covering of resin-sized sheathing paper, tacked in the usual manner. Upon
this was laid a covering consisting of cotton duck, forty-four inches wide
and weighing twenty-six ounces to the yard. Several methods of joining the
edges of the duck together have been tried, resulting in the abandonment
of the method of sewing used, for the preferable method of nailing the
duck down, laying one strip over the other, and then opening the duck, a
lock joint is formed without any jointure between the two sheets exposed
to the weather. After the duck is stretched on the roof, it is securely
fastened by means of round-headed woodscrews, one and one-fourth inches
long, through a concave tin washer three-fourths of an inch in diameter,
resting upon a seven-eighths of an inch washer made of roofing felt.

A coat of hot pine tar with a small quantity of linseed oil is laid upon
the whole of the duck roofing, after being laid, for the purpose of
filling the fiber and preserving the cotton fabric by means of the
antiseptic principles of the pine tar. The surface is then covered with
two coats of mineral paint.

Within a year, paper has been very successfully used as a roof covering.
Sheets of wood pulp board about one-sixteenth of an inch in thickness are
treated by a process which renders them hard and elastic, and secured upon
the roof by means of tacks through concave tin washers. The edge of each
sheet is grooved, in order to allow for the expansion and contraction of
the roof. The whole roof is then covered with a heavy mineral paint.
Experience with this during the past severe winter in Maine has been of
the most satisfactory nature.

Shingles furnish a much better roof covering than slate, both in the
matter of conduction of heat or cold in the extremes of summer and winter
and also in resistance to fire. The heat of a slight fire underneath the
roof will cause slates to crumble; and the same result will be obtained by
heavy sparks falling and burning upon the roof. Some people treat shingles
by boiling them under pressure in a solution of salt and chloride of lime,
for the purpose of antiseptic treatment and also to render them fireproof.


The latest form of storehouses tends to one of two extremes. Where land is
nearly level, and cheap, the greatest storage capacity can be obtained
with the greatest economy by means of a one or two story storehouse built
with a plank construction, with the beams secured to the posts by means of
knees. A traveling crane or railroad runs along the middle of the
storehouse, affording a ready means for rapid changes of the contents of
the storehouse.

Another form for storage is by means of very large brick buildings,
especially arranged as a protection against outside fire. In designing a
storehouse it is of especial importance that the stories should not be
made so high that it will be possible for a dangerous load to be piled
upon any one floor.

The wool storehouse of the Pacific Mills at Lawrence can be safely said to
be in its design and construction the finest example of mill engineering
in the country.

Another type of mill storehouse, designed for both raw material and
finished goods, is designed by Mr. John Kilburn, of Lowell, and consists
of two buildings placed at right angles to each other, and joining only
at one corner. These buildings do not contain openings through the floors
of any nature whatsoever, either for stairways, elevators, or any other
purpose; but all vertical communication is furnished by means of a masonry
tower at one corner of the buildings, which contains an elevator and
stairway. At the level of each floor, substantial balconies lead through a
doorway in the tower to one in the storehouse, and the storage is added to
or withdrawn from the storehouse in this manner.

I have not made any reference to the use of rolled iron for structural
purposes, because such material has not been used to any extent in mill
architecture. Irrespective of questions of space or of strength, wood
beams possess advantages in the reduction of vibration, facility of
securing the plank above and hangers below, and a great many other
purposes in the changing and alterations of a mill, which render them
peculiarly useful, and I believe that the results with Southern pine beams
in American mills are much superior to those of the iron beams in European

No small part of the success attending the use of rolled iron in the
structural purposes for which it is adapted, has been due to the excellent
and reliable engineering information contained in the manuals and
catalogues issued by the rolling mills. Such works are reliable and clear,
and, as far as I know, can without exception be safely followed.

The general tendency of American mill construction is toward as low
buildings as the price of land will admit. The American mills being
devoted to a large variety of operations, instead of being confined to a
single process after the manner of those of European type, require a great
deal more care in their organization, not merely in the original lay-out
for the purpose of arranging for the passage of the stock in processes
from the raw material to the finished product in as straight lines as
possible, but due consideration should also be given to providing
facilities for the enlargement of the mill.

As an illustration of the methods employed, in a paper mill plan of my own
design, [the view and plan being thrown on the screen], the various
operations containing processes of different hazard in regard to fire are
completely isolated from each other by means of fire walls, and the
storage of the mill is in turn isolated from the manufactory.

The storehouse consists of three sections, the largest section for paper
stock, which is sorted in the upper story, the second section, one story
in height, for other manufacturing supplies, and beyond the fire wall the
storehouse is arranged to contain the finished paper. Goods can be taken
away from or added to the storehouse at the single line of teams, or
railroad siding.

After the stock leaves the sorting room, it is carried to the dusting room
over a covered bridge, which is protected from the weather on one side,
yet does not form a flue for the spread of fire as does a closed bridge.

The first room in the main mill is used for a dusting room, and thence the
stock falls into the rotary bleach, whence it is carried through the fire
doors to the engine room. Here it meets the wood pulp and clay wheeled
from the middle section of the storehouse, which is on that same level.
After washing and beating, the stock is run into the drainers below,
whence it is raised again, and after suitable intermediate processes the
pulp is converted into paper on the paper machine in the connecting
building. This paper is then taken into the upper part of the main
building, and after being dried on the lofts is suitably calendered and
packed before being transferred into the extreme end of the storehouse to
await shipment.

At the present time it has been found that an inclined roof of the olden
type is not a necessity over a paper machine, as has been decreed by the
tradition passed down from old practices. Within the last year, a number
of flat roofs have been placed over paper machines, without any trouble
ensuing from condensed water forming on the ceiling and thence dropping
upon the stock. It is well known that the use of a flat roof in such
places is attended with a great many mechanical conveniences; and the
pitched roof hitherto used for these purposes has been submitted to, only
because it was presumed to be necessary. The whole tendency of mill design
is in the line of fitness of means to ends, in the simplest and most
direct manner.

When the mills in Lowell were first built, they consisted of isolated
buildings, which it was presumed would remain for all time; but when it
became necessary to increase the plant, it was found that the engineer had
wisely laid out the mills in the same yard in reference to a fixed grade,
so that corresponding floors would meet when the buildings were extended
so that they reached each other.

Wherever a strong and diffused light is necessary for any manufacturing
process, or the conditions are such as to require unusual stability of the
building, one-story mills lighted by monitors afford accommodations not
reached by any other form of construction.

In presenting before you some of the salient features of modern mill
construction, I have endeavored to show the various steps of progress
leading up to the development of the present types of design, as well as
some of the methods of construction in present use.

These various steps in advance, producing mills better suited for the
purposes for which a mill is built, are not generally due to elements
originating with the manufacturers, but with the Factory Mutual
Underwriters, who, finding it cheaper to prevent a fire than to settle a
loss, have in every manner encouraged improvements in construction,
equipment, and administration, with the result of diminishing the
insurance on textile manufacturing property during the last generation
from two and one-half down to one-fourth of one per cent., or reducing the
cost of insurance eighty per cent.

In designing any work, a careful regard should be given to precedents,
remembering that a good designer must also be a good copyist.

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THE PASSIVE STATE OF IRON AND NICKEL.--E. Saint Edme.--The nickel of
commerce immediately becomes passive if immersed in ordinary nitric acid.
Iron, while being briskly attacked by common nitric acid, is rendered
passive by contact with nickel. If steel and nickel are plunged into the
acid together, the former metal is not even momentarily attacked. Nickel
retains energetically a proportion of combined nitrogen, to which its
passivity is due.

                        IMPROVED TORPEDO BOAT.

We give an illustration of the new type of second class torpedo boat which
Messrs. Yarrow & Co. have recently constructed to the order of the
Admiralty, and which was tried at the latter part of last year. The boat
is 60 ft. long over all and 8 ft. 6 in. wide, 3 ft. shorter and from a
foot to 15 in. wider than the old type of second class boats. She attained
a speed of rather more than 17 knots per hour on her official trial with 4
tons on board. The speed, when light, for six runs on the measured mile
was 18½ knots. The latter seems a very high speed for so small a vessel,
and indeed it is a remarkable performance, but at the same time the speed
of 17.031 knots on a four hours' trial with 4 tons on board is more
remarkable still. It is well to note, says _Engineering_, in comparing
speeds of torpedo boats, under what conditions as to weight carried and
duration of running the trial is made. In our previous notice we referred
to the manner in which this boat differs from ordinary second class boats
in the manner of ejecting the torpedo; and the arrangement is well shown
in the engraving. The more ordinary method of firing the torpedo from a
tube or tubes, built into the hull and pointing forward through the bow,
will be familiar to the majority of our readers; but here it will be seen
the bow fire has been altogether abandoned, and a swiveling gun placed aft
is substituted. The gun, of course, is not new; indeed, one was placed on
the old Lightning, the first torpedo boat built for the English navy. That
vessel was, however, a first class boat, and although not so large as the
first class boats now built, was considerably bigger than No. 50, which is
the official designation of the craft under notice. In the Lightning, too,
the torpedo gun was placed forward, and was trained in quite a different
manner to that of this second class boat. We have already commented on the
offensive advantages of being able to eject the torpedo through a wide
angle of range, and when going at speed, rather than having to bring the
boat to a stop and fire only end on. We need not therefore recur to this
point; but since our former notice appeared we have had, while on shore,
an opportunity of seeing the boat steam at speed and maneuver. Our
previous experience was obtained on board--a position which, in some
respects, does not afford so good a point of observation as when one is at
some little distance from the boat. It is certainly a remarkable sight to
see the manner in which this little vessel winds among craft or round
buoys, or turns circles of surprisingly small diameter. She seems to pivot
on a point very near the bow, a fact which is no doubt chiefly to be
accounted for by the way the deadwood is cut away aft. This allows the
stream of water diverted by the unusually large rudder to swing the after
part round with facility.


Another notable feature about No. 50 is the comparatively small bow wave
she throws up. We believe it is pretty generally acknowledged now that the
most noticeable point at night about a torpedo boat traveling at high
speed--putting on one side flame and sparks from the funnel--is the high
bow wave the majority of these vessels throw up when going quickly through
the water. The powerful electric search light causes this mass of foaming
water to show up with peculiar distinctness against the dark background of
sea and sky. It has been, therefore, thought advisable to reduce this
undesirable feature even if something in the shape of speed has to be
sacrificed. Fairly full bow lines are the best for fast boats of this
class, but in such a model the big bow wave is very noticeable. Messrs.
Yarrow have met the demand of naval officers for a less easily observed
boat by placing the greatest cross section further aft than they would
have done had speed alone been the point aimed at, as it almost always was
in the earlier torpedo boats. It is therefore additionally creditable to
Messrs. Yarrow that they have reached the unprecedentedly high speed of
seventeen knots, with so considerable an addition to the beam, and that
they have at the same time reduced the bow wave.

There is a further advantage of less surface disturbance when running
torpedo boats. It is unnecessary to point out that surprise will be the
chief element of success in future possible attacks in which these craft
may be engaged. As the bow wave is most likely to reveal the presence of
the boat by sight, so also will it most probably give first warning of
approach by sound. It is the splash of the water and not the noise of the
machinery that can be heard for the greatest distance when a boat is
running with hatches closed--speaking of course of high-speed boats in
which the engines are kept to a high degree of perfection, as they should
be, and in the Royal Navy are, with all torpedo boats. It will therefore
be seen that there is an additional reason for reducing the objectionable
bow wave.

The boat which we illustrate recently made the run from the Thames to
Portsmouth, and, the weather being bad, was taken through the somewhat
intricate but more sheltered fairways and channels of what is known as the
"overland passage." Off Margate she managed to get on the ground--a result
by no means to be wondered at; and, as the sands here are very hard, she
smashed her propeller. After a time she was got off and beached, when a
new propeller was fitted. We mention this incident, as it is generally
supposed that these craft are of a very fragile description; "egg shell"
is the favorite term of comparison. One distinguished naval
officer--retired--has said he would never willingly go on board these
craft, for fear of putting his foot through the bottom; and there is a
very funny story extant about a sailor with a wooden leg. It would seem,
however, from the experience of No. 50, that steel vessels are of much
more robust constitution than is generally supposed, and, indeed, there is
ample testimony to the fact. We recently witnessed the efforts of a small
working party to get one of these vessels over a bank. She was pushed as
high up as the strength of the party would allow, and in this position her
fore part was over the bank for about a third of the length of the boat. A
tackle was then put on the bow, which was bowsed down until the boat could
be dragged straight ahead.

A few words may appropriately be added here as to torpedo boat policy
generally. Admiral Colomb, in the opening remarks of his excellent little
manual, "The Naval Year Book," refers to the torpedo boat question in the
following terms: "The fleet, the flotilla, the cruiser, and the harbor
attack and defense have each had (_i. e._, during the past year) their
share of attention, and developed exercise, and opinion has been advanced,
guided, or turned back by the observation of facts which these exercises
have brought out. While it cannot, perhaps, be said that the torpedo, as
torpedo, has much altered its position in naval estimation, it seems fair
to assume that the torpedo boat, as boat, has fallen in repute. In the
first, it has grown very much larger, and has, in point of fact, ceased to
be a boat. In part this may have come about because the _role_ which some
proposed for the torpedo boat, of being an entirely defensive weapon
confined to territorial localities, and operating only within a short
distance from its port, has never been generally accepted. Boats which
were never intended for voyages have been sent on voyages, and, being
found more or less unsuited for that kind of service, supposed
improvements have been made, so that they should be capable of executing
it. The 'harbor defense' instrument has become a 'sea attack' instrument,
and in some sense an unrecognized rival to the undoubted sea-going torpedo
vessels like the Archer, the Fearless, and the Rattlesnake."

In these passages Admiral Colomb has put the present aspect of the torpedo
boat question very aptly. We are now experiencing the inevitable reaction
consequent upon our early over-valuing of the torpedo. The unknown
possibilities for distinction of those weapons were so magnified that
scarcely any expenditure was thought too great to provide means for their
employment, both in and out of season. Torpedo vessels have been growing
in size and costliness. More and more gear has been crowded into them,
increasing their weight and cost, and also the intricacy of their
machinery. In all this, cheapness, the one great virtue of the torpedo,
has been overshadowed. No doubt it is right for a great naval power like
Great Britain to have vessels of all classes, and the possible value of
small fast vessels such as the Archer or the Rattlesnake--not necessarily
as connected with the torpedo--can hardly be overestimated. But for
smaller naval powers, that look on the torpedo boat as a means of coast
defense, especially those countries having a broken coast line studded
with islands, bays, and inlets, it is very questionable whether the
smaller boats, such as that now under notice, will not be a better
investment than the larger craft at present more in vogue. By the
additional seaworthiness of this boat, secured chiefly by the increased
width, the 60 ft., or second class, boat has been lifted into the category
of practicable vessels; and it must be remembered that four or five of
these smaller craft can be purchased for the price of one modern first
class boat. This is the crucial point, the money standard, and it is to
that that all ship and boat building questions must be reduced, whether
it be in wealthy England or the most impecunious and perhaps hardly more
than half-civilized state.

The question may be argued from many points of view, and we put forward
these remarks simply as suggestions, without any wish to dogmatize. But it
seems that, as the cheaper second class boat has been carried so many
steps in advance, it may be worth while to reconsider the position with a
view to returning to the original torpedo boat idea of small, inexpensive
vessels, acting by surprise; and not putting too many eggs in one basket.


_Sine and Tangent Galvanometer._--An exhibit of original scientific
apparatus was contributed by Prof. G. F. Fitzgerald, of Trinity College,
Dublin. The first instrument was a sine and tangent galvanometer, which
combines both instruments, and has four interesting peculiarities: (1) The
windings of the coils are visible through the plate glass sides, so as to
be capable of easy measurement _in situ_. (2) The position of the needle
is read by reflections of a cylindrical scale in two rectangular mirrors
whose intersection is horizontal, and which are attached to the magnet.
These mirrors reflect images of opposite sides of the scale to a fixed
mirror which reflects them into a microscope, in which, by means of a
micrometer, it is possible to read accurately the position of the line
which is the same in the two images. (3) This cylindrical scale is affixed
to the base of the instrument, and the coils can be rotated round it, so
that when the instrument is used as a sine galvanometer its position is
read by reflection in the rectangular mirrors attached to the magnet of a
pointer attached to the coils. (4) By a slight modification of the
suspension, a beam of light can be reflected from a mirror connected to
the magnet at 45° to its axis of rotation, and can emerge through the
plate glass side of the instrument and fall on a horizontal scale, where
it will measure the tangent of the deviation instead of the tangent of
twice the deviation, as in ordinary reflecting galvanometers.

The meldometer shown is an instrument for facilitating the identification
of small quantities of minerals by comparative observations on their
melting points, and for observing the phenomena of their fusion and
ebullition. It consists of a strip of platinum arranged to traverse the
stage of a microscope, and heated by a current derived from two Grove's

On this strip the fragments of the mineral, or, if for comparative
observation, of two or more minerals, are placed. The temperature of the
platinum is then raised by gradually diminishing a resistance placed in
circuit with the battery and meldometer, the behavior of the substance
being meanwhile observed through the microscope. To effect the elevation
of a temperature automatically, a resistance, consisting of a rod of
carbon fitted in a vertical glass tube, is employed. Professor Fitzgerald
showed two sets of apparatus for measuring the densities of gases. Both
methods depend on the determination of the amount by which a body is
buoyed up when immersed in the gas.

_Model for Illustrating the Properties of the Ether._--A very interesting
exhibit was the model for illustrating the electromagnetic and
luminiferous properties of the ether, of which a detailed description is
almost necessary. The model consists of a series of wheels, rotating on
axes fixed perpendicularly in a plane board, and connected together by
India-rubber bands. The axes are fixed at the intersections of two systems
of perpendicular lines, and each wheel is connected with each of its four
neighbors by an India-rubber band. Thus all the wheels can rotate without
any consequent straining of the system if they all rotate at the same
rate. If, however, some of the wheels are rotated through a different
angle from others, the India-rubber bands will be strained. If it be
desired to represent a region in which conducting matter exists, it will
be represented by removing the bands from a set of wheels. Suppose the
bands are removed from the regions, A and B, and from the connecting line,
A B, then we can represent the charging of these regions with opposite
electricities by introducing some mechanism by means of which the wheels
on opposite sides of the line, A B, can be rotated in opposite directions.
The model is not intended to illustrate in any way the connection between
the ether and matter; indeed, one of the advantages claimed for the model
is, that the study of it so distinctly emphasizes the distinction between
the phenomena depending on the general properties of the ether by itself
and those depending on its connection with matter. For instance, from the
very case we have just considered, we get impressed upon us that it is by
means of matter only that we can get a hold on the ether so as to strain
it. As the object is not to illustrate the connection between matter and
ether, any rough method of turning the wheels so as to create the proper
strain will do well enough, as it is not the method of producing, but the
nature of the strain produced that is to be considered. Having once
rotated these wheels, we may replace the bands along the line, A B, and we
have the state of the ether between two oppositely electrified bodies
represented on the model.

It will be observed that half the India-rubber bands are strained, and
that in lines running round the bodies the tight side of a band is always
away from one body and next the other. This represents the polarization of
the ether. The late Prof. Clerk-Maxwell defined polarization as a state in
which the opposite sides of each element are in opposite states. Now, the
opposite sides of each band are in opposite states--one side loose, the
other tight; and so it can very well represent the polarized state of the
ether. The displacement producing the polarization is due to the different
rotation of the wheels carrying the band causing more of the band to be at
one side of the wheels than at the other--less at the tight and more at
the loose side of the pair of wheels, and this represents the electric
displacement producing the polarization. The direction of this
displacement is at right angles to the line of the bands that are
strained, and is out from one body and in toward the other all round.

Considering the other properties of the ether that are represented by the
model, we observe in the first place that during the time polarization is
taking place the wheels are rotating, and that the rate of rotation of the
wheels is proportional to the rate of increase of polarization, and that
the direction of the axis of rotation is perpendicular to the direction of
the displacement. Hence it is seen that the magnetic force is properly
represented by the rate of rotation of the wheels, and its direction by
the axis of rotation. The model, although simple in construction, is very
useful, and its careful study will greatly assist the student in obtaining
definite physical conceptions of many of the more abstruse phenomena
depending on the ether.

_Prismatic Photometers._--Another exhibit was a photometer made of solid
paraffin, or any other translucent substance, invented by Mr. J. Joly, of
the University of Dublin. The arrangement is at once simple and effective.
The instrument depends upon the fact that if a prism be cut from a
translucent body, and so exposed to a source of light that one only of its
faces is illuminated, the light diffused through the substance and
reflected out through the illuminated faces of the prism gives it an
appearance as if lighted up internally. The effect is, in fact, as if the
prism itself was a source of light. Two such prisms laid together on
smooth faces, and receiving light from separate sources, if placed so as
to be at opposite sides of the plane of division, appear as if each was
emitting light proportional in intensity to the source of its supply. The
double prism has the appearance of two luminous bodies laid side by side.

When, however, the supply to each prism is brought to equality, they
appear as if emitting equal quantities of light; and it is hard to detect
any longer that two prisms are being observed, so completely does all
trace of the plane of division disappear. An ingenious piece of apparatus
invented by Mr. Joly was one for carrying out his method of determining
the specific gravity of small quantities of dense or porous bodies. The
method here shown enables the specific gravity to be determined whatever
the density or state of aggregation of the substances, and in extremely
minute quantities, with an accuracy limited only by the sensitiveness of
the chemical balance.

_Telegraphing the Readings of Scientific Instruments._--Another invention
of Mr. Joly was his apparatus for obtaining telegraphically the readings
of meteorological instruments placed at a distance from the observer. This
apparatus may be attached or adapted to the various thermometers, the
barometer, rain gauge, and to other instruments placed in a mountain
station, thus enabling their readings to be taken from a conveniently
placed observatory. Any number of instruments may be worked with perfect
reliability and certainty by the use of three wires only; the only extra
piece of apparatus needed being a disk, carrying insulated contact pieces
arranged round its circumference, to which the wires of the different
instruments are attached. Of these three wires, one serves to put one
after the other of the contacts into circuit with the home station through
the second wire. By this second wire the readings are taken and the
readjustment of the instruments effected. The third wire is for the
indication of the contacts, and is taken from all the instruments to the
galvanometer in the home station.--_Industries._

                         COLORED PHOTOGRAPHY.

About nine months since we directed attention to the system of colored
photography invented by Mr. J. E. Mayall, London. Since that time, Mr.
Mayall has further developed the details of his process, and as a result
his color pictures have been much improved both as regards appearance and
size, and are beautiful specimens of this new departure in photographic
art. As stated in our previous notice, Mr. Mayall, after fourteen years of
experimental research, has discovered the art of reproducing the colors
latent in the negative of the photograph, having arrived at his discovery
by the aid of spectrum analysis, which led him to the conclusion that
every color in the organic world, when exposed to a suitable photographic
plane in a camera, registers exact vibrations. Mr. Mayall has succeeded in
producing chemical colors extremely attenuated, which exactly correspond
with the vibrations in the negative. In doing this, he keeps the film
alive to the smallest vibrations of light. He uses, first, lactate of iron
to impregnate the isinglass film with a salt of iron capable of uniting
with any stronger organic acid; and, secondly, meconic acid, which
impregnates the film of albumen, and has a stronger affinity for iron than
lactic acid. It unites with the iron, and forms a red film, which is in a
state to receive all the lower vibrations of the red end of the spectrum,
and this gives these lower vibrations a fair chance with the electric
light. All subsequent processes assist this chemical march to the final
end of making a print that will take up colors, which, when added, fall in
their places, and there remain indelible and unalterable.--_Iron._


                   By Mr. THOS. WOOD, of Sandusky.

Those who were in attendance at our Dayton meeting will perhaps recall the
fact that the writer, in a paper read at that time, strongly advocated gas
companies taking hold of the electric light business and running the same
in connection with their gas business; you will also recall the fact that
the writer suggested that gas companies should take up the incandescent
electric light and fuel gas. Since that time it has been demonstrated by
several gas companies in this and other States that the electric arc
system can be added with success, financially, to gas companies and with
satisfaction to their patrons; and the writer derives great pleasure in
hearing of so many companies who have left the narrow and beaten track of
prejudice and are now walking in the broad road of progression.

[4] A paper read lately before the Ohio Gas Light Association.

It is not my intention to dwell upon arc lighting now only long enough to
state that, after two years of practical experience with the combination,
our company consider they have taken a right step in adopting it, and that
it is satisfactory in every respect. Other gas companies that have adopted
the arc system can undoubtedly corroborate this with their experience. I
would make this paper a continuation of the last one by now taking up the
incandescent electric system and fuel gas question. That both will be
introduced into every city in the United States before long by some one I
have not a shadow of a doubt; and why? Simply because they are both
desirable commodities in domestic economy and hygiene.

Please lay aside all prejudice, and I will show you an ideal domestic
burner for illumination purposes. Now, what comprises an ideal burner for
domestic use? In the first place, such a burner must not blacken our walls
and ceilings, neither must it give off deleterious products of combustion;
it must be a steady light, and not subject to draughts; it must not give
out heat in summer, it must not be possible for inflammable goods to
ignite by coming in contact with it; it must be a light that will have no
ill effect if by accident the key is left open; it must be a light that
our country cousins cannot blow out, neither must it be one that requires
dangerous matches to ignite it, and lastly, it must be a fairly cheap

Now, gentlemen, if you have thrown prejudice to the winds, perhaps you can
recognize in this ideal burner the incandescent electric light for
domestic use. Now, if this light is an ideal one, who is going to prevent
its adoption by the public? Gas companies cannot, and if they cannot no
one can. So, in my mind, the wisest course to pursue is to admit what we
know to be true, and proceed at once to supply the demand, increase our
revenue, push out into the suburbs of our cities, sell it as cheaply as
possible, and don't let others come in and take away what rightly belongs
to you. If there is any money to be made in the business by others, there
is still more in it for us.

For store purposes, where the hours of burning are defined, I think it
better to abandon the meter system and fix a price per annum or month for
each lamp, taking into consideration the hours of use as a basis for
charges. For private dwellings this would not be practicable, and we would
have to resort in this case to meters, or perhaps fix upon a price for
furnishing the current and have the consumer purchase the bulbs or lamps
whenever renewals were necessary. In this way economy would cheapen the
light to the consumer. Any method that will dispense with the meter and
still be satisfactory will be the one to adopt.

I cannot understand how some gas companies who have the incandescent
electric system as a competitor can console themselves with the fact that
it is not injurious to their gas business, even taking it for granted they
are selling as much gas as before its advent. Is this a just reason why
they should make no effort to secure their old patronage? I think not, for
it is human nature to secure a whole loaf in place of the half, when it is
possible to get it. A gas company's revenues would certainly be increased
by the step, and a dangerous rival would be made profitable.

I think it is a mistake to think that by and by the people will get back
to gas. Of course some will, just as gas consumers sometimes go back to
coal oil; but, because a few give it up, don't let us deceive ourselves by
thinking that all will do it eventually, for the incandescent electric
burner is bound to remain wherever it is now in use, and will find its way
to the other places where it is not now in use. "That is all very well to
talk about," I hear some one say, "but what are they going to do with our
prior investment?" To such I would say, push that, too. Cheapen it to its
lowest point and urge its use for power and cook stoves until such time
that you find yourselves able to supply gas for heating purposes of all

What difference does it make to a company whether the money expended for
improvement account be coal gas benches, holders and mains, or dynamos,
boilers, and wire? I fail to see the difference, and if improvements have
to be made in both, so much the better--it shows a healthy demand for both
branches, and should be promptly provided for.

If arc lighting is to be the light on our streets and the incandescent
electric light for our stores and dwellings, shall we have to draw our
fires from under our gas benches and stop making gas? This, to the writer,
would be an absurd deduction, for the very reason that in nature's
laboratory all these elements are placed, and gas would not be one of them
if there were not some important part for it to play in the supplying of
man's wants. It is for us to take the things we find in nature's
laboratory and select the fittest articles for each special use; and it is
reasonable to suppose that it will be only the fittest that will finally
be a success. The arc light, so far as the writer has ascertained, has
asserted pretty generally throughout the country its supremacy on our
streets, and this in spite of all opposition from gas companies--showing
conclusively that it has gained its position by the force of demand for
the fittest. Incandescent electric light is just as surely finding its
position and field of usefulness, and in its turn will assert its
supremacy, and why? Because it has the qualifications called for in the
public specifications. Some will assert that it is too expensive to come
into general use, and also that it is not as reliable as gas. The first is
no argument against it, for was not coal gas sold at exorbitant prices in
its early days? It certainly is capable of being cheapened in the future,
as gas has been, and this is one reason why gas companies should enter the
business, as it is in their power to cheapen it.

As far as unreliability is concerned, it certainly looks the most serious
objection; but don't be alarmed on that score, for duplicate machinery or
storage batteries will eventually overcome this bugbear, and while
discussing this subject don't let us forget that the breaking of a main,
the filling up of a drip, a flood or explosion, or even Jack Frost, has
often caused our customers to think that even gas is not very reliable.

I cannot understand what prompts gas companies as a rule to prejudice
against electric lighting, unless it be they imagine the outcome to be
idle gas mains and cold benches. This I think is all wrong. The largest
unoccupied field to-day is the fuel gas field, and who should step in and
supply this demand? Could any one do it as well as the present gas
companies? We have our mains and services already laid; we have our
holders, meters, and trained labor, most of us have also the necessary
land to spare on which to erect the generators.

Next to the fuel gas field I think I can see another field nearly as
extensive, and that is the coal oil field.

Please imagine the following picture, which is representative of the
writer's belief of what a gas company will be in the near future; in fact
so near in the future that before our next convention rolls around it will
be a reality.

One set of officers, whose principal qualifications shall be
progressiveness--their duties to be divided between electric lighting of
all kinds, including electric power, fuel gas for all purposes, including
gas engines; also incandescent lights off fuel gas mains.

Now let us see what the plant will consist of. One set of mains for fuel
gas, from which our patrons will draw all their fuel, and also light, if
they wish. Gas engines will be run economically with this gas. One set of
meters only will be required.

There will be no coal gas benches as we have them now, as the method of
manufacture is too laborious, too expensive and very primitive, not to say
barbarous--everything now being built on the horizontal plan, requiring
the greatest possible exertion to both draw a charge and stoke. The
generators of the future will be on the cupola style, feeding by
gravitation from the top. Native coals in all probability will be
sufficiently good to make gas of. One portion of the plant will be devoted
to the dynamos and engines for furnishing the electric light. Where the
coal gas benches now are will be boilers, or perhaps even these will be
unnecessary if gas engines be used. If steam boilers be used, they will be
fired with producer gas, and the holders will become simply pressure
regulators. The revenues of gas companies will be increased fivefold, if
not more; the consumer will get cheaper fuel, cheaper power, and cheaper

Native coal fields will become more valuable, and we will not pay tribute
to other States, as heretofore. The change from illuminating coal gas to
fuel gas will perhaps be a slow one, owing to the conservatism of gas
companies and imperfected details; but eventually it will be brought about
in spite of all obstacles. If a company is operated as pictured, it will
furnish arc lighting, incandescent electric lighting, and electric motors,
fuel gas, incandescent gas lighting, and gas engines.

Gas will be made on a larger scale, with less dirt and nuisance, and
without that laboriousness now made necessary. Valves, levers, and push
buttons will displace scoop, drawing hook, and wheelbarrow, and the
employees will no longer be known as "gas house terriers," but will become
elevated to a higher plane. The officers of the company will also of
necessity have to be more active and alert, and the rule of thumb will be
at a discount. Now let us see where the gas man will be who fails to
occupy these new fields of pasture green.

He will, of course, go on making coal gas in the old way; he will still
wrestle with stopped stand pipes, steam jet exhausters, naphthaline, etc.,
and worry over how much a bushel of coke weighs. He will try to convince
his customers that he knows better than they do what they want, and that
anything but his gas is of no account. He will keep on cutting out items
from the newspapers whenever he finds it recorded that an electric light
somewhere failed to flicker.

He will still maintain that there is not a company in the country making
anything out of electric lighting, and that it is only a matter of time
when some fellow slips into his town and, noting things, works up an arc
light company, captures the street lighting and some of our friend's best
consumers. The price of gas is lowered; all kinds of patent gas burners
are invested in to recapture those lost consumers; a fight ensues,
factions are made in the town, and the arc light company adds an
incandescent plant to the arc light, and captures more of our friend's
consumers. To cap the climax, another fellow comes along and proposes to
supply fuel gas to the citizens, gets a franchise, puts in pipes and
services, and our friend wakes up some fine morning to find that what the
electric light fellow has left him in the shape of lighting has been
captured by the fellow with the fuel gas plant, who puts in the
incandescent gas burners.

Evidence is cropping up all around us that tends to this change. We find
manufacturers of fireclay goods now making carbons for electric lighting;
we also find gas fixture manufacturers now making and selling electric
wires of all kinds, besides other apparatus connected with the electrical
field. Manufacturers of meters have not yet devised a meter for measuring
electrical currents, but perhaps it would pay them to devote a portion of
their time to studying one out. As far as the present meter business is
concerned, I think, if this transformation of the gas business is brought
about, the demand for gas meters would be quadrupled and the use of the
larger sizes of meters would be made necessary; but if accuracy could be
insured with a much smaller meter with quicker action, I think it would be
better adapted for the purpose. Fuel gas, if it can be manufactured at a
price at which it could be sold with profit at a lower or as low price as
coal, would prove a larger field than all the kinds of lighting put
together, and is certainly worth our while to investigate thoroughly. The
owners of the smallest houses of our cities would become our patrons, and
a small profit per thousand would represent a wide margin when taking into
consideration the large amount that would be consumed.

But is the fuel gas practical, and has there been sufficient progress made
to date to warrant gas companies taking hold of it with any assurance of

In the first place, what assurance do we require? Do we want some one to
come along and guarantee us a profit of 20 per cent. on our investment if
we enter the field? If so, the patentees of the different processes might
just as well negotiate with the shoe maker as with the gas company. I
think all the assurance we want in the premises is that with certain
apparatus we can get certain results from a ton of coal (the kind of coal
being specified), or that from a ton of coal we can get a certain amount
of available deliverable heat units.

The balance we should be capable of working out ourselves, such as labor,
leakage, cost of gas at consumers' meters, and such other data that we
certainly should be more familiar with than any one else.

Of course, the fuel gas will have to have an odor, and must be delivered
at a proper pressure; and proper appliances for governing supply and
insuring perfect safety will have to be calculated on. In fact, the gas
man must try to improve on methods adopted, and do his best to hasten the
day when solid fuel in our homes shall be no more--in other words, we have
to take hold of the fuel gas business in its infancy or it will get weaned
away from us.

Mr. McMillin, with others, has given us some figures on fuel gas which
have been verified by practical tests. For instance, he gives us as his
opinion that a mixed gas is more adapted for all-round purposes than
either coal or water gas alone.

From experiments made we find that from a ton of bituminous coal, making a
mixed gas, we can realize as salable gas 63 or 64 per cent. of the total
heat units in the original ton of coal, or about 17,000,000 heat units,
besides a residue of heat sufficient to produce the steam for making the
above amount.

Of this mixture 20 per cent. is coal gas, made in the ordinary way, which
is the only objectionable feature the writer can see in the process. I am
inclined to think that Mr. McMillin rather strained a point here in order
not to alarm coal gas men, or else to avoid a too radical change in the
apparatus now in vogue for making coal gas.

By his statement we find that in water gas, labor and repairs cost but 7
cents per M, while coal gas costs for the same items 15 cents per M. Of
course, the proportion of coal gas made by the old method is of more value
in heat units than the water gas made by the new method; but what I wished
to suggest was this, that if the whole process be made in the cupola as
water gas is now made, whether the result would be the same number, or
nearly so, of heat units in amount of gas made, with a large reduction in
labor making the coal gas cost no more than the water gas for the item of
labor repairs. If the mixture can be made in this manner, and I have some
assurance that it can be done successfully, then I think it would pay any
company to abandon the use of the present style of gas benches, and use
the space now occupied by them with more improved apparatus, rather than
use them at a loss, simply because we have them on hand.

We have pictured an ideal burner for our homes in the fore part of this
paper, and I cannot refrain from holding up to your view this ideal fuel,
which has no smoke, no dirt, no ashes, and entails on the housewife no
extra labor, can be regulated automatically to one steady temperature, and
does not require a workingman, after doing a hard day's work, to come home
and find a ton of coal dumped on the front sidewalk, which has to be
wheeled or carried in before night comes on.

Now that we have seen an ideal street light, an ideal house light, and an
ideal fuel, we will endeavor to show you an ideal gas company; and we
cannot do it in a more concise way than to say that an ideal gas company
is one that keeps all these ideal commodities for sale at a reasonable

This may look visionary on my part to some of you, perhaps all of you;
but, nevertheless, I feel that this is the place and time to talk over
"our future prospects," and if this paper is the cause of any one
investigating the subjects spoken of or bringing forth discussion
regarding the same, I shall feel I have not written in vain.


                        By W. H. PREECE, F.R.S.

                                LECTURE I.

I appear before you to give a short course of two lectures on the
application of electricity to lighting and working. To-night I shall
confine my attention entirely to lighting, and if we succeed in getting
through our subject, we shall devote ourselves next Wednesday to the
application of electricity for working tramways, to the transmission of
power for various purposes, and generally to working.

[5] Two juvenile lectures recently delivered before the Society of Arts,
London.--_From the Journal of the Society._

Many people imagine the electric light to be a cold light. It is a
delusion. It is called a cold light because in many of its forms it gives
what we may call a cheerless light; it has not got the warmth, the
comfortable look, of other artificial means of illumination.

The electric light owes its existence to the intense heat that the
electric current produces, and heat lies at the root of every system of
artificial illumination. For instance, suppose we take a common match and
light it, we light it simply because by the friction of the two surfaces
together we generate heat, the heat burns the substance of which the match
is made. We are able to light a common candle because we have applied heat
to the wick, the heat liquefies the wax of which the candle is made, the
wax is decomposed, it combines with the oxygen of the air, intense heat is
produced at that point, carbon is consumed, and the consequence is light.
So with all our various modes of artificial illumination. Gas, as you are
well aware, produces intense heat, and the result of that heat is light.
There are various ways in which gas is applied to produce heat and the
necessary consequence--light. Here is a Sellon gas burner, in which the
combustion of gas raises the temperature of a fine platinum cap, and the
result is, as you see, a very beautiful light. In one lamp we have a cap
or mantle, in the other case there is merely a flat disk gauze of
platinum. The combustion of the gas produces intense heat, which raises
the network to a very high state of temperature, though in the present
case the light is not so good as it should be, probably through the
pressure in the supply main not being sufficiently great.

In another case we have a gas jet surrounded with a network of some
vegetable matter, linen or cambric, steeped in a solution of salts of
zirconium, and a few other rare earths, and the intense heat of the gas
causes a very high temperature, and, as you see, a very brilliant effect
is produced.

You will see from this that in all cases of artificial illumination bodies
have to be raised to a high state of temperature. I hold in my hand a
piece of magnesium wire; it is really flat magnesium tape, but it is
called wire. If I heat that, you will observe that a very brilliant light
is produced, due to the very high temperature at which it burns. Now, if I
take a lump of coal and heat it--it requires to be raised to a certain
temperature before the oxygen is directed upon it--and subject it to a jet
of oxygen, you will see that it burns with very much more intense light
than you are accustomed to in the ordinary fire. If I take a piece of iron
wire and place it in a jar of oxygen, you see what a very brilliant effect
the combination of oxygen and iron produces through the iron being raised
to a very high temperature.

I have now shown you that in order to produce light we must, by some means
or other, raise the temperature of a body. But the high temperature that
we have to deal with is not that produced by the combination of the oxygen
of the air and carbon, and other bodies such as I have shown you, but it
is produced by the aid of the electric current. In all these cases the
result of the combustion you have seen has been to remove oxygen from the
air, but now I want to show you how a body can be raised to a high state
of temperature without combustion of any kind. In front of me I have a
fine platinum wire. In my hand I hold a wire that is in connection with a
battery upstairs, the other wire in connection with the battery is
attached to the far end of the fine platinum wire; now, when I make
contact with the near end of the platinum wire, you observe that the wire
is raised to redness, its temperature is high, and as I reduce the length
of the platinum wire it gets brighter and brighter, the amount of
electricity passing through it is greater and greater, and presently the
wire is fused. I should have pointed out that as the quantity of heat
generated in a wire increases, so does the color of the light. When heat
is applied to a body, that body is first warmed, then it gets gradually
hotter and hotter, until it becomes red hot, and the first color that
appears is always red. The temperature is further raised, and the body
assumes the color of orange, then at a little higher temperature it
appears yellow, and so the different colors of the rainbow are perceived
according to the different temperatures to which the body tested with is
raised. Now, I want to show you the most intense form in which heat can be
produced on this earth. There is no hotter object that we can obtain than
that of the electric arc. I will try and produce this arc. You observe
that when I bring these two pieces of carbon together, a current of
electricity passes between them, and the passage of the current of
electricity between them creates such an intense temperature that a
brilliant white light, as you see, is produced. Incandescent particles of
carbon pass between the two points, forming a sort of bridge or arch,
which is called the electric arc. But the temperature of this arc is, as I
said before, the highest temperature that we can produce; it has been
measured, and is found to be 8,500° Fahr. That is a temperature that can
hardly be conceived; the melting point of iron is only about 1,200° Fahr.;
the melting point of platinum, which is one of the most refractory metals
we have, is about 3,000° Fahr.; but here in the arc we have the intense
temperature that nothing can withstand, equal to 8,500° Fahr. The color is
really due to the combustion that takes place between the materials
forming the arc. I have just used two pieces of carbon, but I will now try
other materials--copper, iron, and zinc. You will see a difference in the
color of the light, due to the fact that metal is burned in the arc
instead of carbon. Every metal has its own distinct and particular color,
and the presence of the different metals can be detected by the character
of the small arcs produced.

I have shown you that we have two modes of producing intense heat, and
therefore light, by electricity. I want now to show you how we produce
electricity. The first essential for the production of electricity with a
hand machine like this is a good dinner. The energy provided by beef or
mutton enables the operator to turn the big wheel of the machine, whence
motion is transmitted to the apparatus for producing the electricity. This
machine when rotated causes a coil of copper wire to be whirled in a
magnetic field, and that rotation of the coil in a magnetic field converts
the energy derived from the grass and from the mutton through the machine
into electric currents; those electric currents flow through wires that
are under the table, they will appear in the two wires I hold in my hand,
and will, I hope, reappear in the little glow-lamps I have before me in
the shape of heat, and then of light when I attach the wires. The light of
the glow-lamp is of just the same form of energy as that which passed from
the sun to the earth, and by beginning backward from the lamps we have
light, heat, electric currents, mechanical motion, food or fuel in the
shape of mutton, grass on the South Downs, to the sun. Whichever way it is
taken, you will find there is direct action between the sun and the
glow-lamp. The lamps are now burning, and you see that we are able to
produce electricity to our hearts' content. Down-stairs there is a
gas-engine; the gas-engine is at work; the gas-engine works because the
gas supplies energy which, stored up in the bowels of the earth in the
form of coal for ages and ages, has been extracted; it has been converted
into gas at the large gas works down the River Thames, it has been brought
up here, it is burned in the gas-engine, and produces energy in the
gas-engine exactly in the same way as the mutton or beef produced energy
just now. There is a dynamo down-stairs exactly like the dynamo that we
have upon the platform, and the current that is produced is exactly as the
current we just obtained, and is sending electricity through all the lamps
in this room. The currents of electricity passing through the lamps are
producing intense heat, the heat is producing the incandescence of a fine
carbon filament, such as I will show you directly, and the consequence is
that we are now being lighted in this room by the energy that unmistakably
and undisputably arrived on this earth millions of years ago in the form
of sunshine.

We can store up the energy in batteries. I shall show you to-night two or
three different forms of battery. Here is what is called a primary
battery. The only difference between a primary battery and a secondary
battery is this, that a primary battery consists of chemical elements that
at once combine and produce electricity by combustion, whereas a secondary
battery involves some anterior electrical action, which prepares the
surfaces of two bodies to put them in exactly the same condition as a
primary battery. Here is a primary battery known as the Schanschieff,
which is charged with a solution of sulphate of mercury, and into that
sulphate of mercury we will dip plates of zinc and plates of carbon. Zinc
has a greater affinity for the sulphuric acid of the sulphate of mercury
than mercury has; the sulphuric acid will at once combine with the zinc;
it will burn the zinc just as the gas burned just now, but instead of
burning with heat and light in the battery, it burns in the form of
electricity, which appears in the glow-lamps attached. You see that the
moment the zinc and carbons are placed in the cell electricity is
produced, and the lamp is lighted. The form of battery from which we are
drawing our electricity to-night is the accumulator, or the storage or
secondary battery. The secondary battery simply consists of plates or
"grids," as they are called, one filled with litharge, and the other with
red lead; the one becomes pure lead, the other becomes peroxide of lead;
the plates are combined in this form, and then placed in a glass cell, and
upstairs there are 52 of these E.P.S. cells, which have been charged all
day long by the gas-engine of which I spoke, and which now contain a store
of electricity that I shall make considerable use of to-night before I

I showed you the form of electric light which we call the arc, and I have
here to-night two or three different forms of arc lamps, which I will show
in action. But I want you to see this arc light for yourselves, and I want
you to feel, as I feel, that in all nature there is nothing more wonderful
and nothing more beautiful than the action of electric currents in the
arc. The light is, as I attempted to show you, the very same light that
came from the sun. I can show you that it is of the same character as the
light of the sun, and in the lantern on the table there is an arc lamp the
light of which we will throw on the paper before me in the form of a
spectrum. There you see the spectrum in all its purity; the spectrum from
the sun is no purer as regards light than what you now see. There you see
all the colors of the rainbow, and I had intended, if it were possible, to
show you in the first experiment, in which we raised platinum wire to
incandescence, that the first color would be the red, then the orange,
then the yellow, then the green, then the blue, then the indigo, and
lastly the violet. Beyond the violet there are rays of light which we
cannot see; they are the rays that produce the photographic pictures, and,
had time permitted it, we would probably have taken to-night a picture by
means of the arc lamps, but it requires a long time to do so, and it
really is no more interesting than an ordinary photographic picture. There
are all the different colors of the rainbow. Those who are anxious to
remember the order of the colors can very easily do so if they will
remember this simple sentence, "Read over your good book in verse." The
first letter of each word in that sentence gives the first letter of the
color in the order of the spectrum. It would be a very good thing if some
of our artists were to study and remember the colors of the rainbow, for
it is an extremely rare thing indeed to find a picture with the colors of
the rainbow properly depicted, sometimes they are upside down, sometimes
they are mixed, and if you discuss the fact with an artist, he will say,
"I do not care about your science. I simply paint my own impressions."

I will now show you the arc in another form. We are to-night connected in
this room--I have told you there is a gas-engine down-stairs; there are
also secondary batteries upstairs--but we are in connection with the
Grosvenor Gallery in Bond Street. The Grosvenor Gallery has a central
station where a very large dynamo is at work, from which electricity is
supplied to different parts of London; many thousand lamps are fed, in a
great many clubs, theaters, and private houses; they are all lit up by the
currents generated underneath the Grosvenor Gallery. The Grosvenor Gallery
Company, through their engineer, Mr. Ferranti, have very kindly undertaken
to supply us to-night with a current. The current is supposed to be a very
dangerous one, in reality it is not; there is no electric current that has
ever been produced that is one-tenth as dangerous as a steam boiler, and
all these currents, however immense they may be, are very simply
controlled, and very easily brought within the region of safety. There is
no doubt that with the apparatus that is now being handled in this room,
if anybody were deliberately to put one wire in his mouth and the other in
his hand, he would have the funeral service performed over him in two or
three days; but those who know what they are about no more handle electric
light wires carelessly than they put their hands in a furnace or their
noses in boiling water. We acquire experience by practice, and we know by
this time pretty well how to deal with electric currents. Now, you see in
the lower arrangement there that safety catches are being put in, which
render any accident quite impossible. Passing through each of those boxes
there is what is called a "cut-out" safety fuse, or safety valve, and
should, from any accident, anything go wrong in this theater, or in any
way with the system outside the theater, the safety fuses would burst, and
would so remove all danger from inside. The switch has now been turned,
and by it the current from the Grosvenor Gallery has been brought within
our reach. You see an arc light produced by it, and you see how intensely
bright and brilliant that light is. I do not want you so much to see that
light itself, but I want you to see its projection, or picture; and if Mr.
Wickham will kindly direct it on that white paper, at the end of the room
furthest from the table, you will see a picture of the carbons which are
now emitting that intense and brilliant light. You will see that between
what appears to you as the top carbon (but which is in reality the bottom
carbon of the two) and the bottom one there is playing, apparently, a
shower of minute fragments of something, but which are in reality
innumerable minute flashes of lightning, there is a constant uninterrupted
shower of electric shocks passing, that produce that intense brilliancy,
and that very bright appearance. There is intense commotion, a terrible
surging about of matter in a molten condition. Well, that arc that you see
is produced by the currents from the Grosvenor Gallery. They are
alternating currents of electricity, currents that are constantly and
suddenly circulating backward and forward. The arc that we have at this
other end of the room is a direct current one, and it is now projected on
to another sheet of paper, where you see a different form of are
altogether. This arc is produced by the direct current from a battery. You
will see the form is quite different from that in the alternate current
arc. You heard a peculiar hissing sound just now; that is a peculiar
phenomenon in arc lamps that has attracted a good deal of attention from
physicists, but nobody has yet arrived at a satisfactory conclusion as to
the cause. The lamp sometimes sings and sometimes hisses, and while thus
behaving it produces an intense and variable inverse electro-motive force,
that has to be overcome before the current can produce a steady and silent
arc. You will notice in the upper carbon of this form of lamp a kind of
cup, or "crater." The lower carbon forms a kind of point, a raised
surface, and between the two there is on the projection that which appears
as a glow, but which in reality has very intense heat, reaching, as I told
you, a temperature of 8,500° Fahr. In those two projections you have, I
think, within my experience for the first time, been shown in public an
alternate current arc and a direct current arc at the same time, so that
you are really able to see what I do not think most people have seen

There are a great many different arc lamps. I have not time to bring
before you all the various lamps that I might have secured for your
inspection. There is the Brush lamp, that for a long time lit up the
streets of our city, and I sincerely hope very soon is going to light up
the city again. There was the Jablochkoff lamp, that lighted up our Thames
Embankment, and which can be seen, on going down the Strand, at the Tivoli
Restaurant, not far from here. The offices of the _Daily Telegraph_, in
Fleet Street, and many other places, are lighted up by different lamps,
many of them excellent. Our experience of the last two or three years at
the exhibitions has taught us that there are a great many different kinds
of arc lamps, but all these arc lamps are lamps so constructed that they
cause the pair of carbons to be fed, to be kept together, as they consume,
at the same rate as they do consume. The mechanism is of great delicacy,
it acts with great promptitude, and the one that we have here to-night is
one of the last and one of the best; it is known as the Brockie-Pell lamp.
The lamp now at work is a Brockie-Pell, and for those who are interested,
a diagram representing it is upon the wall, and its operation I shall be
very happy to explain after the lecture; it feeds with great rapidity,
with great convenience, and is one of the steadiest lamps we have.

There are objections to the arc light; it is extremely dazzling and
irritating to the eye. Although the arc lamps we have here to-night are of
the very best of their kind, and are certainly almost steady, still they
have little irregularities in their action, and worst of all, they throw
intense shadows. The light from them is not very well diffused, still the
light is very brilliant, and it raises the envy of a good many people. For
instance, the Brush Company were once establishing a light in the
neighborhood of Cork, and an Irish farmer was remarkably struck by the
appearance and the steadiness of the light, so he came to the engineer in
charge and asked him, as a great favor, if he could kindly tell him where
he got his oil from.

I must now go from this to the next branch, the glow-lamp, the lamp that
is burning so steadily and so nicely above us. For this lamp we do not use
platinum, such as I heated before you just now, but we use carbon, so fine
that although I have probably one hundred or more in my hand, they feel no
heavier than a feather. These extremely fine filaments of carbon are made
with very great care from cotton. I cannot show you the whole operation of
making carbons and some of the preliminary operations connected with the
making of the lamp; but owing to the kindness of the Anglo-American Brush
Company, their manager, Mr. Sillar, is here to-night, and we shall have
the pleasure of seeing how the whole operation of the manufacture of one
of these glow lamps, such as we have above us now, is carried out. The
carbons have already been formed, but the first process is that the cotton
fiber is carefully tied and wrapped around pieces of carbon, as you see.
It is then placed in a furnace and carbonized. After being thus prepared,
a glass tube of special quality selected for the purpose is used to form
the glass globe. Mr. Donaldson will take a piece of the glass tube before
you, and will blow it into the shape similar to the lamp I hold, which is
of the very familiar pear-like form. The carbon filament will then be
fixed in the glass bulb, the latter will be exhausted and sealed, and the
whole process be passed through before your eyes. I must first of all show
you why it is necessary to take all this care. We have in front of the
board one of these carbon filaments suspended, and we will now pass a
current through it, and the carbon filament is raised to incandescence, it
combines with the oxygen of the air, it is at once consumed, and, as you
saw, we only had a light for a few seconds. Now, in order to make that
light permanent, it is necessary to inclose the carbon filament in a glass
globe, and to exhaust from that glass globe all the air, or as much of it
as possible, and then, instead of having a life of a few seconds, the life
of a lamp frequently continues for 4,000 or 5,000 hours. The first
process, as I said, in making an incandescent lamp, after the carbon
filament has been prepared, is that of blowing a glass bulb. The blowpipe
has now been put on, and the intense heat of the Bunsen burner raises the
glass to incandescence, to a soft, plastic condition, so plastic that the
manipulator can do with it just whatever he likes. Having got the glass
to this particular shape, the filament will be placed inside it, first of
all mounting the filament, which is an operation requiring a great deal of
care and great skill in handling. It is an extremely pretty operation, and
I beg to call your attention to it. The carbon is fixed inside a fine
spiral of platinum, which is at the same time subjected to an intense
current which decomposes the oil or the hydrocarbon in which it is placed,
the carbon deposits on the carbon filament, and cements it to the platinum
spiral. That is called mounting the filament. When that is done, the
filament is fixed in the glass globe, and the platinum and glass are fused
together. The brilliance of the platinum can be seen during this
operation, and it is very pretty. I do not know how it would have been
possible for us to have glow-lamps if it had not been for the fact that
the coefficients or rates of expansion of platinum and glass are
practically exactly the same, and the result is that when the platinum and
glass are combined together, as they are in a glow-lamp, the two contract
and expand at the same rate, and the result is there is no leakage; if
there had been leakage through the glass, it would have been quite
impossible to have made a glow-lamp. The success of a glow-lamp depends
upon the vacuum produced, and the next process is to cement the lamp so
far to a vacuum tube connected to a mercurial air-pump. The one before you
is Mr. Lane Fox's. It would have been also impossible to have produced
these beautiful glow-lamps without the mercurial air-pump, so that the
success of electric lighting and its perfection depend upon, first, the
similarity of expansion of glass and platinum, and secondly upon our power
of producing a vacuum. As it takes ten minutes or a quarter of an hour to
carry out the process of exhaustion, I will proceed with other portions of
my subject, and presently, when the time is ready, Mr. Sillar will inform
me, and we will light up the lamp that has been made before you this
evening, and, I hope, with success. The operation we have just seen is one
that has been just as interesting to me as it has been to you. There are
very few who are permitted to see this operation. We once had it before in
this hall when General Webber read a paper on glow-lamps, but with that
exception I am not aware that the manufacture of glow-lamps has ever been
shown in public before. It is most wonderful to watch the marvelous way in
which glass can be twisted and turned to our ways and to our wants, and
the skill with which the blower is able to manipulate glass in its plastic
condition, and to shape it in any form he likes, is an operation which
never ceases to excite one's wonderment. The form of lamp that is being
made before us is of the ordinary size that we see used generally, but
there are a great many different sizes of glow-lamps. For instance, here
is a very small lamp; above me you will see, if I may call the small one a
dwarf, there is a giant glow-lamp. It is a lamp invented by the Honorable
Charles Parsons, it is made by the Sunbeam Lamp Company, of Gateshead, and
is called the Sunbeam lamp; it has the same proportion to an ordinary lamp
that an ostrich egg has to a hen's egg, and the light from it is of
equally large proportion, as you see now the current has been turned on to
it. It gives a light of four hundred candles, but it is rather too
brilliant I see by your faces, and we will go back to our old friends of
the ordinary size. There are also above us lamps of various sizes; there
is a five-candle, ten-candle, sixteen-candle, twenty-candle, and a
hundred-candle lamp. Here also are a fifty-candle Swan lamp, a
sixteen-candle Swan, and an eight-candle Swan lamp. There are the ordinary
sixteen-candle lamp; these are being burned from the Grosvenor Gallery.
Here is a miner's lamp, which is supplied with a current by the
Schanschieff battery, the same as I showed you at first. The peculiarity
of this arrangement is that when the battery is turned upside down the
light goes off, the zincs and carbons occupy one half of the cell, and the
solution the other half, the zincs and carbons being at the bottom, and
the battery is not excited unless contact is made with the carbons and
zinc. Such a battery as this will maintain its lamp for 12 or 13 hours.
There are several forms of the Schanschieff battery. Here is a portable
form, and lamp connected with it by a flexible wire, which can be used
when traveling; or in the night, when you want to know the time, you can
have a lamp and battery like this by your bedside, and you can turn it
upside down, and produce a light, see the hour, and turn the battery back.

These glow-lamps are used for different purposes and ways. They may be
used with care, they may be used recklessly; their duration depends a good
deal upon the care with which they are used. A practiced eye, one who is
accustomed to deal with electric lamps, can tell at a glance when the lamp
is raised to a proper incandescence; but there is a point in all lamps
that is a sign of danger, and indicates "breakers (or breakage) ahead."
Whenever in an electric light installation a glow-lamp begins to show a
blue effect, then breakers are ahead; the current must be reduced or other
steps taken. I want to show you this blue effect, which is extremely
pretty, and I want you to see the gradual stages through which a lamp
passes from long life to death, or rather to a very short and merry life.
We can make the life of a lamp just exactly what we like; we can make a
lamp last a minute, or we can make it last a hundred years, and the number
of years of its duration is simply dependent upon the current employed. I
have here a glow-lamp, and I pass a current through it. There is no blue
effect at present; the current is increased, and the carbon filament is
raised to a high state of incandescence. In such a state it would not last
for a long time, not more than ten minutes or a quarter of an hour; but it
does not show the blue effect yet. On further increasing the current the
blue effect appears, though I doubt whether it is visible to many of the
audience; a little more current is put on, and the blue effect is very
marked, the globe itself looks very brilliant, and--there--the current has
been increased until the filament has parted.

It is always better, when making an observation or experiment, to know
what you are going to see, so that you can direct your attention to
exactly what is being done or to what you want to know. If I put another
lamp through the same experiment, you will be better able to understand
this blue effect, and see just that point where the lamp is about to give
out. The current is now on, and is being gradually increased; the lamp is
now intensely blue, and--there--it has gone in the same way exactly as the
other one did. The way in which lamps burst is sometimes very beautiful;
they disintegrate, they seem to volatilize, and the substance of the lamp
is projected with great force against the side of the globe. On the table
there are several beautiful specimens showing this effect.

The glow-lamp in process of manufacture before you is now being unsealed
from the pump; it is now exhausted, and we will pass a current through it
so as to raise it to incandescence. The current is now on, and you see the
lamp burns with full brilliancy. The next experiment is rather a cruel
one, because it is willful destruction. I will not destroy the lamp that
has just been made before us, for I will keep it as a memento of this
evening. I want to show the safety of the electric lamp. Many people
imagine that there is a great deal of danger about it. I will take a
handkerchief, and in it place a lighted lamp, when, on the globe being
broken, the carbon filament instantly goes out, and there is no damage to
the handkerchief, or the slightest appearance of scorching or heating upon
it. On breaking that lamp you heard a report. That is due to the vacuum,
which, on sudden rupture, the air rushes in to fill. These lamps will not
only burn in air, but will actually burn in water. Here I have a lamp
which on placing in a bowl of water continues alight in the water just as
well as in the air. You can imagine what an immense boon that is to our
divers and others who unfortunately have to work under water for our

I will not attempt to occupy your time in speaking of the beauties of this
wonderful light, how it removes really poison from our air, how it is very
good for sore eyes, because it burns with such steadiness that those who
work under it really never find, in any shape or form, any inconvenience
or discomfort to the eyes. It is extremely cleanly; it does not fill the
air we breathe with noxious fumes. People are little aware of it, but it
is a very simple calculation to show that thirty gas burners produce a
gallon of water in an hour, so that if you have thirty burners in a shop,
for instance, alight for six hours, six gallons of water are produced and
the water can very often be seen running down the cold windows of shops.
That water absorbs sulphur and sulphuric acid, and when deposited on books
and decorations destroys them. If we could only get the electric light
cheap, delivered at our doors, then everybody who has an idea of luxury
and comfort would at once take it.

I want now to show you some of the dodges of the electric light. First I
will show you that by the action of a cut-out an excess of current is
prevented from injuring the lamps. A cut-out is inserted so as to protect
a group of lamps here, and on a large current being sent you hear a crack,
and the lamps have gone out; the safety fuse has perished in performing
its duty. To prove this we will renew the cut-out, and on the proper
current being turned on, you see the lamps are sound. Here is an electric
cigar lighter. I raise this up and the wire in front of it comes to a
state of incandescence, and I have there, as you see, sufficient heat to
light my cigarette. Some years ago, I had my daughter's doll house, which
was furnished by herself, fitted up with the electric light, and I thought
that some of my younger hearers to-night, who were still in the doll age,
would appreciate the way in which a doll's house can be lighted up by
electricity. You now see the doll's house illuminated; it has a hall door
lamp which lights up on the opening of the door; the house has rooms
furnished, occupied with handsome dolls, and fitted with every kind of
contrivance; the doll who occupies the drawing room has the convenience of
a portable lamp, which she can move about wherever she likes, and each
room and the kitchen has a particular form of lamp.

I have also here a model of that famous ship the Captain, which was
wrecked off Cape Finisterre. The model has been fitted with electric
light, and you now see the mast head-light, the red light for the port
side, and the green light for the starboard side; there are high jinks
going on in the saloon by the aid of the electric light, and there is also
a search light which can be used for looking for the advance of the enemy.
A beautiful phosphorescent effect is produced upon the water, which is
covered with blue cotton wool, in which a lamp is placed, causing really a
very pretty illustration of what the phosphorescence of the sea is like.

Here I have an apparatus for heating curling tongs by electricity; here is
a flat iron treated in the same way, and here is a kettle in which the
current is carried to boil water. I travel a good deal, and I always carry
in my traveling bag a battery like this, which is one of Pitkin's
secondary batteries; it is light and extremely convenient. I can strap it
on my shoulder like an opera glass. To this is attached a reading lamp
which I fix in my waistcoat, and to the astonishment of my fellow
travelers, when the shades of evening are beginning to set, I take out the
lamp and put it in operation--so. My reading lamp is thus provided, and it
is fixed in the most convenient position, for the light falls just where
it is wanted, it does not offend the eye, and enables me to read the
smallest print. I have always got with me my own light, perhaps much to
the annoyance of my fellow passengers, and with the electric light
machinery at my own house, I have little or no trouble in recharging the
battery, or keeping it in order. The Pitkin battery is also applied to a
miner's lamp.


                          By D. G. GORE, F.R.S.

If the electro-motive force of a small voltaic couple of unamalgamated
magnesium and platinum and distilled water is balanced through the coil of
a moderately sensitive galvanometer of about 100 ohms resistance, by means
of that of a small Daniells cell, plus that of a sufficient number of
couples of iron and German silver of a suitable thermo-electric pile (see
Proc. Birm. Phil. Soc., vol. iv., p. 130), the degree of potential being
noted, and sufficiently minute quantities of very dilute chlorine water
are then added in succession to the distilled water, the degree of
electro-motive force of the couple is not affected until a certain
definite proportion of chlorine has been added; the potential then
suddenly commences to increase, and continues to do so with each further
addition within a certain limit. Instead of making the experiment by
adding chlorine water, it may be made by gradually diluting a very weak
aqueous solution of chlorine.

[6] Read before the Royal Society, May 3, 1888.

The minimum proportion of chlorine necessary to cause this sudden change
of electro-motive force is extremely small; in my experiments it has been
one part in 17,000 million parts of water;[7] or less than 1/7000 part of
that required to yield a barely perceptible opacity in ten times the bulk
of a solution of sal-ammoniac by means of nitrate of silver. The quantity
of liquid required for acting upon the couple is small, and it would be
easy to detect the effect of the above proportion or of less than one
ten-thousand millionth part of a grain of chlorine in one tenth of a cubic
centimeter of distilled water by this process. The same kind of action
occurs with other electrolytes, but requires larger proportions of
dissolved substance.

[7] As one part of chlorine in 17,612 million parts of water had no
visible effect, and one in 17,000 million had a distinct effect, the
influence of the difference, or of one part in 500,000 millions, has been

As the degree of sensitiveness of the method appears extreme, I add the
following remarks: The original solution of washed chlorine in distilled
water was prepared in a dark place by the usual method from hydrochloric
acid and manganic oxide, and was kept in an opaque, well-stoppered bottle
in the dark. The strength of this liquid was found by means of volumetric
analysis with a standard solution of argentic nitrate in the usual manner.
The accuracy of the silver solution being proved by means of a known
weight of pure chloride of sodium. The chlorine liquid contained 2.3
milligrammes or 0.03565 grain of chlorine per cubic centimeter, and was
just about three-fourths saturated.

One tenth of a cubic centimeter of this solution ("No. 1") or 0.003565
grain of chlorine was added to 9.9 c. c. of distilled water and mixed. One
cubic centimeter of this second liquid ("No. 2"), or 0.0003565 grain of
chlorine, was added to 99 c. c. of water and mixed; the resulting liquid
("No. 3") contained 0.000003565 grain of chlorine per cubic centim. To
make the solutions ("No. 4") for exciting voltaic couple, successive
portions of 1/10 or 1/20 c. c. of "No. 3" liquid were added to 900 cubic
centimeters of distilled water and mixed.

I have employed the foregoing method for examining the states and degrees
of combination of dissolved substances in electrolytes, and am also
investigating its various relations.


In our last number we gave illustrations of this machine, in which 12
plates 30 in. in diameter are used, and sparks nearly 14 in. in length are
obtained. The engraving, from photographs, shows sparks 13½ in. in length,
obtained from this machine.



This subject was prominently considered by Dr. H. P. Walcott, of Boston,
in his address on state medicine, at the meeting of the American Medical
Association recently. The vital statistics of Massachusetts, he said,
showed a declining death rate for the last thirty-six years, under the
influence of state sanitation. The most marked decrease had been observed
in the mortality from zymotic diseases; there had been a less decided
reduction of that from constitutional diseases; that from local diseases
had increased; and that from mental diseases and from violence had
remained stationary. In 1876 there was not a single death from small-pox.
Typhoid fever had diminished most in cities having a good system of
sewerage and water supply, and least in towns without such improvements.
Diphtheria, which reached its maximum in 1877, had since declined, until
it now caused only one per cent. of the total mortality. Ovariotomy saved
more lives than any other surgical operation, but, taking Somerville as a
basis of calculation, the ascertained results of preventive medicine had
saved more lives in ten years, among thirty thousand people, than
ovariotomy would save in the same time among two millions. Great attention
was given to small-pox, which had killed but 5,500 persons in
Massachusetts in thirty-six years, and to cholera, which had destroyed
only 2,000; but too little heed was given to scarlet fever, with its
mortality of 37,000, and to typhoid fever, with its mortality of
45,000.--_N. Y. Med. Jour._

                       THE CARE OF THE EYES.[8]

                     By Prof. DAVID WEBSTER, M.D.


A vast amount of popular misapprehension and prejudice exists as to the
use of spectacles. Many persons who need them object to wearing them for
various reasons. Some fear that it will lead their friends to suspect that
they are getting old. Others think it will cause them to be suspected of
wishing to appear learned or cultured. Some persons do not want to begin
to wear them lest, having acquired the habit, they may not be able to
leave them off or to see well without them. Others again object to glasses
only on account of their inconvenience. I have personally met with many of
all these classes of persons, but I have frequently heard of another class
that I have never met with, namely, those who do not need glasses, but who
wear them just for effect and to attract attention. Now, the simple truth
is that there are just two good reasons for wearing spectacles, and only
two. One is that we may see better, the other is that our eyes may be
relieved of strain. Often both these reasons are combined in the same
case. Many children begin to be near-sighted after they have attended
school a few years. They first find it out by observing that they cannot
see letters or figures on the blackboard as far as the other children.
They can use their eyes as much as they want to without fatigue or
blurring, or smarting, or burning, or itching, or pain in the eyes, or
headache. In short, they show no symptoms of eye strain. They simply do
not see distant objects distinctly. Such children should be fitted with
glasses at once that will enable them to see as well as others at a
distance, and these glasses should be worn constantly. The child should be
instructed to take them off only when necessary to wipe them or to wipe or
bathe the eyes and on going to bed. The sooner the eyes get accustomed to
them the less likely is the near-sightedness to increase. Moreover, the
child who sees clearly only a few feet away from him loses a very
important part of his education. Our eyes gather information for us when
we are least thinking of it, by taking cognizance of the many objects that
come within our field of vision just as our ears gather material for the
proper development of our minds in listening to general conversation or to
the sounds of nature and of busy life about us. It is the duty of every
one to make the best possible use of the faculties the Creator has
bestowed upon him. The near-sighted person who does not have his vision
corrected by glasses fails in the performance of this duty.

[8] Continued from SUPPLEMENT, No. 647, page 10342.

From a paper by David Webster. M.D., professor of ophthalmology in the New
York Polyclinic and surgeon to the Manhattan Eye and Ear Hospital, New

Again, the time comes in the life of every one who is not near-sighted,
and who lives to a good old age, when he cannot see near objects well
without glasses. Between the ages of 40 and 50, the crystalline lenses of
his eyes having hardened along with the other tissues of his body, he
finds it impossible to focalize as he used to. He holds his book farther
and farther away from his eyes, and finally he finds that he cannot read
fine print at all, or without straining his eyes. Then he must accept the
unpleasant fact that he is getting old-sighted, and if he wishes to use,
and not abuse, his eyes, he must get glasses to take the place of his lost
accommodation and with which he can read easily. Some persons who are
near-sighted in one eye and far-sighted in the other never need glasses,
but always do their reading and other near work with the near-sighted eye
and their distant seeing with the far-sighted eye. I believe I read a long
time ago, in an article by himself in the New York _Ledger_, that this was
the case with the late Rev. Henry Ward Beecher. But the vast majority of
persons who wear glasses, both for the distance and for the near, can see
quite as well without them. They do not wear them in order to be able to
see, but in order to have the strain removed from their eyes, and to be
relieved from the many disagreeable symptoms, both direct and reflex, that
result from eye strain.


The act of focalization is a muscular act and requires an effort, an
output of nervous energy, just as much in proportion as any other
muscular act, such as lifting a weight or shoving a saw or a jack plane.
The eye that is normally shaped forms pictures of objects, more than a few
feet distant, on its back wall without any muscular effort, and has to
focalize only when engaged in near work. But the oversighted eye is
compelled to do this extra work all the time, except when closed. If it
did not focalize, it would see indistinctly. This it refuses to do,
independently of any volition on the part of its owner. The eye that _can_
see distinctly _will_ see distinctly, no matter how great the strain, and
this by a volition apparently entirely its own. The results are headache,
vertigo, nausea, nervousness, irritability, and other disagreeable reflex
conditions, besides the pain and inflammation, and other symptoms
manifested in the eyes themselves. Of course, the only remedy in such
cases is glasses, and these glasses should be carefully selected by a
competent person, and should be worn as much of the time as is necessary
to relieve the eye strain. I find in _Taggart's Times_, February 5, 1888,
the following: "A French philosopher has said that a man who wears
gold-bowed spectacles always admires himself, and it would seem as though
spectacles were becoming a sort of badge of distinction, since young and
old who have the slightest excuse for using them put them on.


"When one suffers from headache, he is told that he overstrains the nerves
of the eyes, and must relieve this by the use of spectacles. When things
dance before the sight, the cure for that is also spectacles; and when
tired with close attention to work, the cure for wearied eyes is not rest,
but spectacles.

"People who live much out of doors are usually very keen-sighted, owing
probably to the ever-varying impressions made on the eyes, and this might
reasonably suggest that the proper relief for a great many eye troubles
would be a change from overwork."

I can only say that the person who wrote it seems not only to be
prejudiced against glasses, but to know very little of the anatomy and
physiology of the eye. The fact is that oversighted and astigmatic eyes,
needing glasses to relieve the constant and severe strain upon the
accommodative muscular apparatus, are benefited by rest and by change of
air and occupation only to a limited degree. Real rest for such eyes is
possible only from the use of glasses. Moreover, it is not possible for
all who suffer from fatigue of the eyes to take the time for rest. It is
necessary for many to use their eyes daily and almost constantly in order
to make a living for themselves and for those dependent upon them. There
is much more good sense in the paragraphs which follow and which are
extracted from the same article.

"It is not surprising that so many school children suffer with weak eyes
when we consider the conditions under which they are forced to use them.
The very fact that the light in many school rooms is twice strained
through glass partitions before it penetrates the inside rooms is in
itself a severe test of sight. The preponderance of sash-wood over the
panes of glass is anything but propitious to clear seeing. With heads bent
over desks doing arithmetical examples, or studying the fine printed
school books, or reading their own imperfect handwriting from which many
of the lessons must be learned, the only wonder is that all the little
ones are not purblind before they reach the grammar schools.

                             FLUFFY BANGS.

"But this is not all. Girls wear long and fluffy bangs, intercepting the
sight, and both boys and girls seldom bathe their faces with clear cold
water. In the matutinal face washing the eyes are usually closed, while a
wet towel is delicately passed over the eyelids. Few persons can bear the
pain of opening their eyes wide in a basin of cold water, yet Mr. A. M.
Spangler told, in his interesting lecture on Nassau, how the native
population would dive to the bottom of the sea and bring up shells,
sponges, etc., that had been pointed out to them by curious visitors
through a sea glass. Not only men divers, but also little boys and girls
could keep their eyes open in the water and search for cents which had
been thrown in for them to pick up. This shows that even salt water is not
injurious to eyes accustomed to it, and that habit makes the eye
unnaturally sensitive."

As to the statement that "people who live much out of doors are usually
very keen-sighted," it is an expression of a popular idea, but, like most
popular ideas, is true only to a limited extent. The fact is that persons
who do not live much out of doors generally use their eyes more for near
work, such as reading, sewing, drawing, etc., and hence are more likely to
develop near-sightedness. Persons living indoors who are not near-sighted
are able to see as well and as far as those who live outdoors. It is true
that the old sailor will recognize a ship in the horizon, or any other
distant object at sea, sooner than a landsman. But it is not because he is
any more "keen-sighted." It is because he knows just what to look for. He
has seen such objects amid similar surroundings a thousand times, and
recognizes them, even though his vision be considerably impaired by
disease. I have often found, on testing the vision of such persons, that
it was not more than one-half the normal, and yet they declared, and, I
believe, conscientiously so, that they could discern a ship at sea as far
as any one. A very large proportion of the North American Indians, who
live much out of doors, have poor sight from inflammatory diseases of
their eyes caused by exposure to smoke in their wigwams, and by contagious
eye diseases, the propagation of which is favored by their unsanitary
methods of living. But, no doubt, many of them can discern distant objects
upon the prairies and in the forests farther than their white brothers
because of their greater familiarity with the appearances of such objects.

It seems to me that the practice of opening the eyes under water is not to
be specially recommended, except in cases of necessity. While many bear it
well, to others it is more or less painful and irritating. Moreover,
nature furnishes a fluid with which to wash the eyeballs, and applies it
herself. It is only necessary to keep the eyelids scrupulously clean, and
especially the edges of the eyelids where the eyelashes grow out. For
bathing the eyelids when uninflamed, nothing is better than pure cold
water. When the eyes become red and inflamed, the best domestic remedy is
salt and water, about a teaspoonful to the pint, and applied warm or cold,
or at whatever temperature seems most agreeable to the eyes in any
particular case.

                             NO POULTICES.

Under no circumstances should poultices be applied to the eyes unless
ordered by a physician. I have seen many cases in which a simple
inflammation of the inside lining of the eyelids had been greatly
aggravated by bread and milk poultices, or tea leaves, bound upon the
closed eyelids and left on overnight. In fact, a distinguished professor
of diseases of the eye has formulated the results of his observations
thus: "Poultices spoil eyes."

All patent eye washes, eye salves, and other remedies advertised to cure
all diseases of the eye should be avoided. Different diseases require
different remedies. What will benefit one may injure another. When one
gets something the matter with his eyes and resorts to the use of a patent
medicine for its relief, he is in danger of losing valuable time. He may
lose an eye from want of proper treatment at the outset of the disease. In
a great city like New York, every one may easily avail himself of the
services of the most skillful physician. If unable to visit them at their
offices and pay their fees, they may consult them at the numerous
dispensaries, hospitals, and medical schools and colleges, where it will
cost them nothing.

                         USE OF INFLAMED EYES.

A lesson that is very difficult for many of us to learn is that inflamed
eyes should not be used actively. Children with sore eyes should not be
allowed to go to school for two reasons. First, the use of their eyes in
reading will prevent or retard their recovery. Secondly, sore eyes are
usually communicable, and one such child may infect a whole school. It is
highly important that all persons with inflamed eyes should use only their
own wash basins, towels, and handkerchiefs, and so avoid spreading the
disease. We not infrequently see a catarrhal inflammation of the eyes run
through a whole family. Of course, they catch it one from another, and, as
there is no disease of the eye which is, like measles, or scarlet fever,
or smallpox, communicable through the air, such spread of the disease
might easily be prevented by proper care of the person first affected.
Persons whose eyes are sensitive to light should not be kept in dark
rooms, which are always unhealthy. They may have their eyes protected by
shades or by smoke colored glasses, but should keep them open and exposed
to the air, and should remain out of doors as much as possible.


I must not close without warning my hearers against the baneful effects of
alcohol and tobacco upon the eyes. It is not uncommon for the eye surgeon
to meet with persons who have become partially blind from the effects of
these poisons upon their optic nerves. Of course, only a small proportion
of those who use alcohol and tobacco to excess are affected in this way,
but this renders it none the less certain that impaired sight is one of
the dangers that we may avoid by abstaining from the use of these
unnecessary and poisonous luxuries.

                         TUMORS OF THE BLADDER.


                           By Dr. MAX NITZE.

In the following lines I wish to direct the attention of my English
_confreres_ to the value of the electro-endoscopic mode of examination of
the male urinary bladder, invented by me. I believe I could not have
chosen a more suitable theme for that purpose than a short report of the
bladder tumors diagnosed by me cystoscopically; for the diagnosis of these
new formations offers the greatest difficulty, and in most cases it has
been impossible till now to prove their existence with accuracy without
digital exploration of the bladder. By the new method of cystoscopical
examination the conditions have entirely changed. One look into the
bladder, illuminated as if by daylight, is generally sufficient to afford
means for forming an opinion of all the questions coming into
consideration--viz., size, form, and site of the tumor. The accompanying
diagrams (Figs. 1, 2, 3, 4) may give an idea of the appearances which the
different forms of bladder tumors present endoscopically. I regret that
they cannot show the brightness of the light by which one sees the tumors
during examination. The celebrated Vienna specialist, V. Dittel, is right
in saying that "they offer sometimes truly charming pictures;" especially
certain kinds of villous tumors, whose long slender villi floating in the
liquid often present a splendid appearance. The following are the cases
cystoscopically diagnosed by me.

[Illustration: FIG. 1.]

_Case 1._--A man, aged fifty-five, under the care of Dr. Ch. Mayer,
suffered from attacks of hæmaturia for thirty years. During the last six
years he has had dysuria and inability to empty the bladder completely.
The patient had been examined by the sound repeatedly by eminent surgeons
and specialists, but none could give a certain diagnosis. On Nov. 11,
1886, I undertook the cystoscopic examination. I found on the anterior
wall of the bladder a puffy swelling covered with white masses of mucus.
(See Fig. 1.) The trigone was covered by a mass consisting of pointed
papillæ. On account of the weakness of the patient extirpation was
impossible. The patient became weaker and weaker, and died in June, 1887.
The post mortem examination showed the internal orifice of the urethra
surrounded by a swelling representing a continuous tumor as large as a
small apple. It was found that the instrument had penetrated through the
middle of this swelling, which bled easily on pressure. In spite of this,
the clearness of the picture was not interfered with in the least.

[Illustration: FIG. 2.]

_Case 2._--A man, aged fifty, was obliged to exert a strong pressure in
order to empty the bladder. The flow of urine often stopped. He himself
introduced a catheter, and on withdrawing it a piece of villous tissue was
found. On Dec. 10, 1886, I saw, on cystoscopical examination, directly and
immediately over the internal orifice of the urethra, a villous swelling
hanging from the anterior wall of the bladder. (See Fig. 2.) On Jan. 15,
1887, extirpation of the tumor by means of the high section was performed
by Professor v. Bergmann. The size of the tumor (which was as large as a
pigeon's egg) and its position corresponded exactly to the endoscopic
picture. The patient recovered.

[Illustration: FIG. 3.]

_Case 3._--A patient under the care of Professor Madelung, aged
fifty-five, suffered from attacks of hæmaturia. Examination by sound and
rectal palpation had given me negative results. On Feb. 20, 1887,
cystoscopical examination was made. On the left side of the trigone a
tumor with a broad base was seen, which resembled somewhat a strawberry in
size and form. (See Fig. 3.) On March 1, Professor Madelung undertook the
extirpation of the tumor. The appearance corresponded exactly to the
cystoscopic picture. The patient recovered.

[Illustration: FIG. 4.]

_Case 4._--This was a patient on whom Dr. Israel had performed the high
section a long time before, on account of a bladder tumor. The extent was
so great that only its most prominent part could be removed. The
microscopical examination proved the diagnosis of cancer. Quick healing
took place. The patient became free from pain, and the urine became clear.
In order to see what had become of the remaining part, the cystoscopical
examination was undertaken on April 3. It was easy to see that the right
lateral wall was covered to an extent of from three to four centimeters
with thick masses of verrucous and fungiform excrescences. (See Fig. 4.)

[We omit the description of the additional cases.]

The above shortly described fifteen[9] cases of bladder tumors have been
diagnosed by me cystoscopically during the last sixteen months. This is a
proof, on the one hand, of the value of the cystoscopic examination; on
the other hand, of the fact that the new formations in question are not of
so rare occurrence as has been hitherto thought. I would like to emphasize
that the important results were often obtained under the most difficult
circumstances. In several cases the external orifice of the urethra was
found abnormally small; in others (Cases 8 and 11) the examination was
made during the occurrence of a continuous hemorrhage from the tumor; in
one case (Case 1) I introduced the instrument through the center of the
tumor, which bled on the slightest pressure. In spite of this the
appearances were seen satisfactorily. In the first case a post mortem
examination was made; in eight other cases (Cases 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14,
and 15) the tumor was extirpated, seven times by the high section--in one
case, that of a woman, through the dilated urethra. In these nine cases
the endoscopic appearances were in every important respect confirmed in
the most perfect manner. In every case my opinion regarding the size,
position, and form was found to be correct. It is only in those cases
where the edges of the tumor overlap the short pedicle that the latter
cannot be observed. Besides, the relative good results of the operations
undertaken on account of the cystoscopic appearance may be emphasized. Of
the eight patients from whom the tumors had been extirpated, none died
from the result of the operation. Case 9 proved fatal on account of the
progressive extension of the growth. In the eleventh case there was a
recurrence, but the patient is still alive. Five patients (Cases 2, 3, 10,
13, 14) must be considered entirely cured. Case 15 is still under
treatment, and, as the conditions of the patient are at present (ninth day
after operation) in every way satisfactory, a complete recovery is

[9] The first eight cases are more fully described in the Arch. fur
Chirurgie, vol. xxxvi., Part 3 (Dr. Nitze, Beitrage zur Endoscopie der
mannlichen Harnblase). The full account of the last seven cases will be
published soon.

Finally, on comparing the above cystoscopic appearances with the results
obtained by other methods of examination, it must be observed that the
examination of the urine, in most cases carefully made, had only in two
cases shown the presence of villous tissue, which in one instance was
brought out by the catheter. The rectal palpation, when made, had always
given negative results. Further, the examination by means of the sound had
been made in nine cases before the cystoscopic examination. In none of the
cases had the sound revealed the presence of a tumor (which in two had
attained the size of a small apple), although the examination was made by
most experienced surgeons and eminent specialists. Those cases show how
imperfect an instrument the sound is for the diagnosis of bladder tumors.

Only one method can compare with the cystoscope in giving valuable
information regarding the size and nature of a bladder tumor--viz., the
digital exploration of the internal surface of the bladder after a
previous _boutonniere_, or the high section. The superiority of the
cystoscopic method over the latter, on account of the smaller amount of
inconvenience it causes the patient, need not be insisted on. The latter
involves a cutting operation not free from danger, as well as deep
narcosis, while the cystoscopic method is similar to a simple

[Illustration: FIG. 5.]

The accompanying diagram (Fig. 5) shows the instrument used by me for
cystoscopic examination. It has been made by the Berlin instrument maker,
Hartwig, according to my instructions. The source of the light (Mignon
lamp) is cemented in a silver capsule, which is screwed into the distal
end of the cystoscope. This instrument is superior to that made by Leiter,
the Vienna instrument maker, because of its greater simplicity in
construction, which allows the lamp to be easily replaced when necessary,
and also on account of the greater length of the shaft.

I mention this because it differs from the explanation which Mr. Fenwick
gave in his speech concerning my method of examination at the meeting of
the Medical Society of London on Jan. 23, 1888. I must also strongly
contradict Mr. Fenwick's statements concerning the share which he
attributed to the Vienna instrument maker in the construction of the
instrument. Leiter's connection with our instrument will be best explained
when I say that he had to buy the patent[10] from me first in order to be
allowed to make the instrument. Leiter has had no share in those
peculiarities which characterize it as new. The introduction of the source
of light into the organ had been practically brought about, the optical
apparatus enlarging the view designed, the whole construction perfected,
the instrument had proved itself useful in examining patients, and had
been demonstrated by me in the Saechsisches Landes Medicinal Collegium
before Leiter had any idea of the new invention! Also the eventual
replacement of the first source of light (platinum wire) had been provided
for.[11] Leiter has only made a few technical modifications on the
finished instrument. I protest most emphatically against the incorrect
explanations given by Mr. Fenwick, and against every connection of
Leiter's name with my instruments. I hope to obtain in England the same
generous recognition of my labors in this field that has been accorded to
me in Germany.--_Lancet._

[10] Deutsche Patentschrifte, No. 6, 853.

[11] Ibid.


    By F. N. Otis, M.D., Clinical Professor, College of Physicians and
                           Surgeons, New York.

A. G----, aged twenty-three, United States; single; barber.

The young man was referred to me by his former medical attendant, March
16, 1883. His urine was found to be slightly but distinctly tinged with
blood, and contained some small clots as well as some pus and mucus. He
complained of exquisite pain on urination, increased at the close,
recurring every half hour. Through examination per rectum (_a posteriori_)
unusual tenderness was found. Distinct increase in the density and
thickness of the right inferior section of the bladder was recognized by
the bimanual touch; a catheter was introduced, and three ounces of bloody
urine removed. The bladder was then irrigated gently with a saturated
solution of boric acid until the fluid returned clear. The catheter was
then withdrawn, leaving about four ounces of the solution, of a
temperature of 80°, in the bladder, as a preparation for its examination
by the electro-cystoscope of Lister. The required current was furnished by
the small six-cell battery of the Galvano-Faradic Co. The cystoscope was
then introduced into the bladder, and the current turned on. The
illumination was complete. Through the slightly rosy medium the small
blood vessels in the bladder mucous membrane were distinctly seen. On the
right side a deep red, granular-looking mass, with a wavy outline, was
then distinctly observed, covering about one-fourth of the cystoscopic
field. This appearance was verified by Drs. Abbe, Bangs, and W. K.
Otis--the unanimous opinion being that it represented a papillomatous
growth, to some extent covered by coagulated blood. Two days later a
similar examination was made, under the influence of an anæsthetic, which
corroborated the previous observations in every particular. (See


Some small filaments were subsequently removed with the lithotrite, but on
microscopical examination nothing of diagnostic importance was discovered.
From lack of the capacity of the bladder, the field was necessarily
limited, nevertheless, a very excellent view of the tumor could be
obtained. This is shown in the illustration, from a sketch made at the
time of the first examination. It represents the position of the tumor and
cystoscope when the best view of it was obtained.

On the following Monday the patient entered St. Luke's Hospital, and was
operated upon by my associate, Dr. L. B. Bangs, Dr. Charles McBurney
assisting. The high operation was performed, and the bladder being
examined by means of an electric light, introduced through the suprapubic
incision, the diagnosis made by the cystoscope was verified in every
particular. The growth was then removed, as far as possible, with the
scissors, and the surface cauterized with the Paquelin cautery. At the
present writing the patient is going on toward a satisfactory recovery.
The pathological examination made by Dr. Frank Ferguson, pathologist of
St. Luke's Hospital, showed the neoplasm to be a simple papilloma.

This case is deserving of especial interest as being the first tumor of
the bladder diagnosticated in this country by means of the cystoscope, and
verified by subsequent operation, and adds one more to the list of
sixteen cases so made out by foreign observers, and two by Dr. Fenwick, of
England. In this instance the instrument deserves particular credit, as
other methods had completely failed in the practice of competent

This consists of a metal tube, about seven inches long, of a caliber of 22
French, having at the proximal end a funnel shaped ocular opening; at the
distal, a short beak, similar to that of the catheter coudé. A window of
rock crystal is set in the end of this beak, behind which a small electric
lamp, controlled by a switch at the ocular end, is placed. A rectangular
prism, the hypothenuse plane of which is silvered, is placed in the end of
the straight portion of the tube, its superior face being seen just
anterior to the angle formed by the beak. The distended bladder is
illuminated by the electric lamp, the rays reflected from its wall falling
on the prism experience total reflection, an inverted image being formed
within the tube. The size of the field thus obtained is greatly increased
by means of a telescope introduced into the tube. The image seen through
the cystoscope is an inverted image, but right and left are not

[Illustration: THE CYSTOSCOPE.]

There can be no question as to the great prospective value of the
electro-cystoscope in diagnosis of many difficulties to which the bladder
is subject. A variety of foreign bodies have already been reported as made
out by use of this instrument. The locality, size, and color of vesical
calculi have been demonstrated in my own experience. In one instance two
stones were seen where only one had been previously found, but this of
course might with care have been effected by means of the lithotrite. But
it is in the diagnosis of the tumors, and encysted or impacted calculi,
that the most essential service may be anticipated from the use of the
cystoscope. The orifices of the ureters are quite readily brought into the
cystoscopic field, and it is more than probable that (perhaps through the
introduction of some clear fluid with which blood does not readily
mingle--glycerine, for instance) the true source of a previously doubtful
hæmaturia will be demonstrated.--_Medical Record._


So many queries about the solar system, or the members of it, have come
recently to the attention of those in charge of this journal, from various
sources, that it is thought best to make a brief statement of the present
state of knowledge that astronomy has of the solar neighborhood in which
we live.

Naturally we begin with the sun, and the oldest and most important problem
which the study of this body offers is the determination of its distance
from the earth in terrestrial units of measure. This distance is important
because the knowledge of all the phenomena of all the heavenly bodies,
except those of the moon, depend directly or indirectly on its value. The
problem of the sun's distance is difficult because the data given for
determining it are insufficient to enable the astronomer to apply the
principles of trigonometry directly to it. He is, therefore, compelled to
use indirect methods of solution, which, at best, give only approximations
to the true distance, arising chiefly from small errors in observation,
which, at the present time, seem unavoidable. A familiar illustration will
make our meaning clear. The knowledge we have of the sun's distance
depends on the accurate measurement of a small angle formed by drawing two
lines from a point at the sun to the extremities of the earth's radius.
That angle is called the sun's parallax. Ptolemy thought that this angle
was 3' of arc, but we now know that its value is very near 8.80" of arc,
and that the error of this amount from the true angle probably is not more
than 0.02". To measure this small angle has been the astronomer's great
trouble since the time of Aristarchus, and he does not yet know its value
accurately. His problem is like that of a surveyor attempting to measure a
ball, whose real diameter is one foot, at the distance of 4.4 miles
nearly; and unless he can determine the diameter of the ball so that he
shall not be uncertain in his measure to the amount of 0.03 of an inch,
his work will not add anything useful to present knowledge.

If we suppose the angle of parallax to be known, the computation of the
distance of a celestial body is easy. Multiply earth's radius by 206,265
(seconds of arc in the unit radius), and divide the product by the angle
of parallax in seconds of arc. The mean equatorial radius of the earth, as
given in Clark's Geodesy, is 3963.3 English miles. The sun's distance for
a parallax of 8.78" would be

  206,265" × 3963.3
  -----------------  = 93,108,000 miles.

  For parallax of 8.80" = 92,897,000 miles.
  For parallax of 8.82" = 92,686,000 miles.

The range of error in parallax, as here given, is 0.04", and the change of
the distance of the sun in allowing for this error is nearly half a
million of miles. If 8.80" be the assumed parallax, with ± 0.02" as
probable error, then the uncertainty of the sun's distance is still nearly
a quarter of a million of miles.

So far astronomers are pretty generally agreed, unless it be in the value
of the earth's radius used above. In his excellent work, entitled "The
Sun," we notice that Professor Young gives 3,962.72 English miles as the
"latest and most reliable determination" (page 22), while he seems to use
Bessel's value of 3,962.80 in obtaining 92,885,000. This may be because
the last named value is still in most general use, though less accurate
undoubtedly than that of Clarke.

Since the transit of Venus, of 1874, the determination of the solar
parallax has not been very much improved. The transit of 1882, so far as
known, has given surprisingly discordant results, and probably they will
be of very little service in improving our knowledge of the distance of
the sun. In the midst of all this uncertainty of late work, in ordinary
methods two ways of studying the problem show results almost exactly
alike. They are obtained from late improved measures of the velocity of
light, and from measures by the heliometer. The parallax from these
sources is 8.794". The Brazilian results of transit of Venus for 1882, by
Wolf and Andre, recently published, make the parallax 8.808". The American
reductions for the last transit are not yet completed.

From the above brief statement of results, it seems that the value of the
solar parallax is likely to be a trifle under 8.80", rather than above it,
making the distance of the sun probably very near 93,000,000 miles.

The next most important problem pertaining to the sun is its constitution,
which is usually considered under four heads:

1. The central portion, thought to be made up chiefly of intensely heated

2. That part which is seen by the aid of the telescope, called the
photosphere, consisting of a "shell of luminous clouds formed by the
cooling and condensation of the condensible vapors at the surface where
exposed to the cold of outer space." (Young.)

3. Outside of the photosphere is a shallow stratum, called the
chromosphere, "composed mainly of uncondensible gases (conspicuously
hydrogen) left behind by the formation of the photospheric clouds, and
bearing something the same relation to them that the oxygen and nitrogen
of our own atmosphere do to our own clouds." (Young.) And--

4. The corona, which is the beautiful halo seen, with the naked eye,
outside of all, during the time of a total eclipse of the sun. This
curious halo with all its streamers and rifts is thought to be composed
chiefly of an incandescent material, in a far more attenuated state than
that of hydrogen, the rarest gas known, because it yields freely in the
spectroscope a certain line, 1474 K, which most agree can mean nothing
else, although no one knows what the gas or metallic vapor is. Hydrogen is
also found in the corona extending to the height of 600,000 miles above
the photosphere, and possibly 1,200,000 miles. Suspended in this mixture
of vapors, and "falling into, or projected from, the sun is a large
quantity of solid or liquid material, which is at such a temperature as to
be self-luminous. It is this which yields the continuous spectrum, free
from dark lines.

"Besides these components in the outer envelope, there is present matter
which reflects or diffuses light much as our own atmosphere does.

"To this is attributed the partial radial polarization of the corona. The
streamers and rifts indicate matter repelled, in various quantities, from
the sun by forces which may be electrical." (Hastings.)

These are the views advanced by astronomers and physicists, as theories or
working hypotheses, until something better or more certain can be known.
They are not held as facts by any, because of insufficient proof to
establish them as such, and because there are very grave objections to
some of them which are at present unanswerable.

For example, the spectroscope shows that the gaseous pressure at the limit
of the chromosphere is very small, although that is at the base of an
atmosphere from 600,000 to 1,200,000 miles deep, and under the influence
of a force of gravity more than twenty-seven times as great as that in
action at the surface of the earth.

Optically, the atmosphere of the earth ceases at a height of forty-five
miles, but bodies at twice that altitude, moving at the rate of
twenty-seven miles per second, meet resistance of air enough to render
them incandescent almost instantly. But the evidence seems clear that, far
within the corona, the resistance to moving bodies is much less than in
our atmosphere at a height of sixty miles. The great comet of 1882 passed
through the coronal atmosphere within 300,000 miles of the sun, with a
velocity one hundred and eighty times that of the earth in its orbit. The
comet was not stopped, nor destroyed, nor its orbit disturbed, as
subsequent observations showed. The same thing was true, so far as known,
of the comet of 1843, which passed still nearer the solar surface. These
facts are troublesome to explain on the hypothesis of a coronal

Still further: if the sun be surrounded by a gaseous envelope, its
density, as aforesaid, ought to diminish from the solar surface outward to
its upper limits; but the fact is, the material of 1474 K line always
appears in the spectrum of chromosphere, which would seem to indicate, by
its place, that it is as much more dense than hydrogen as is magnesium
vapor, or even the vapor of iron. But the evidence of the spectroscope
makes this 1474 K material far less dense than that of hydrogen, and this
is a contradiction that is very troublesome to the student of solar

In studying the polarization of the light of the corona, it is clear that
the amount of polarized light reflected from a particle at the surface of
the sun is nothing, "because the luminous source there is a surface with
an angular subtense of 180°;" hence polarization of the corona near the
limb of the moon ought to be small, farther away, larger. But observation
shows that the contrary is true, _i. e._, the percent. of polarized light
increases as the corona is observed nearer the limb of the moon during

These are a few of the difficult questions that stand in the way of
accepting the foregoing theories as facts pertaining to, or well grounded
knowledge of, the constitution of the sun. They are by no means all, or
possibly the most important ones. They are certainly among those that are
receiving very general attention at the hands of physicists at the present
time.--_Sidereal Messenger._


   By J. E. GORE, F.R.A.S., Honorary Associate and Vice-President of the
                     Liverpool Astronomical Society.

If we look up at the starry heavens on a clear, moonless night, all seems
still, lifeless, and devoid of energy and motion. All of us are--or at
least should be--familiar with the apparent diurnal motion of the star
sphere, caused by the actual rotation of the earth on its axis, and with
the slower annual motion, due to the earth's revolution round the sun,
which brings different constellations into view at different seasons of
the year. These motions, due to the great and universal law of
gravitation, discovered and so ably expounded by the famous Sir Isaac
Newton, are of course wonderful and orderly in their regularity, and bear
silent testimony to the amazing power, majesty, and goodness of a great
and glorious Creator. There are, however, other motions and changes, even
still more wonderful, going on in the depths of space, which, though
unperceived by the ordinary observer, have been revealed to the eye and
contemplation of the astronomer by the accurate instruments and methods of
research which modern science has placed at his disposal. Some accounts of
these marvelous discoveries may prove of interest to the reader. The
"fixed stars" are so called because they apparently hold a fixed position
with reference to each other on the concave surface of the celestial
vault, and do not, as far as the unaided eye can judge, change their
relative positions as the planets do. Many stars have, however, what is
technically called a "proper motion," which, though of course very minute,
and only to be detected by the aid of refined and accurate instruments,
yet accumulate in the course of ages, and sensibly alter their position in
the sky. The largest "proper motion" hitherto detected (about seven
seconds of arc per annum) is that of a small star in the constellation
Ursa Major, known to astronomers as No. 1830 of Groonbridge's catalogue.
It has been calculated that this star is rushing through space with the
amazing and almost inconceivable velocity of 200 miles per second!--a
velocity which would carry it from the earth to the sun in about 5½ days
and to the moon in 20 minutes! The well-known double star 61 Cygni has a
proper motion of about five seconds of arc per annum, both components
moving through space together. This is, as far as yet known, the nearest
star to the earth in the northern hemisphere. Its parallax, as determined
by Sir R. S. Ball, is 0.4676 of a second of arc, and by Prof. Pritchard
(by photography) 0.43 of a second. Taking the mean of these values, its
distance from the earth would be about 460,000 times the earth's mean
distance from the sun, and its actual velocity about 33 miles per second.
This is, of course, the motion at right angles to the line of sight, but
as it may also have a motion _in_ the line of sight, either to or from the
eye, its real velocity is probably greater than this. The remarkable
triple star 40 Eridani has a proper motion of four seconds annually. The
components are a fourth magnitude star accompanied by a distant double
companion which is a binary (or revolving double star), and accompanies
the bright star in its flight through space. There are two other faint and
distant companions which do not partake in the motion of the ternary star.
In the year 1864 the bright star was situated to the east of a line
joining these faint companions, but owing to its large proper motion it is
now to the west of them. In the case of the triple star Struve 1516, one
of the companions, which was to the west of the primary star in 1831, is,
owing to the proper motion of the bright star, now to the east of it.
Prof. Asaph Hall has found a parallax for 40 Eridani of 0.223 of a second.
This, combined with the observed proper motion, indicates an actual
velocity of about 54 miles per second. The star Mu Cassiopeiæ has also a
large proper motion. This star, about 4,000 years ago, must have been
close to Alpha Cassiopeiæ, and might have been so seen by the ancient
astronomers. The proper motion of the bright star Arcturus is so
considerable that in the course of about 30,000 years it will be near the
equator, and about 10° to the north of the bright star Spica, from which
it is at present separated by over 30°. These motions are of course those
which take place across the face of the sky. There are, however, motions
in the line of sight--both toward and from the eye--which have of late
years been revealed to us by the spectroscope, that wonderful instrument
of modern scientific research, by the aid of which several new metals have
been discovered, and which has been found so useful in chemical analysis,
and even in the manufacture of steel by the Bessemer process. Some years
since, Dr. Huggins, the eminent spectroscopist, found that the bright star
Sirius, "the monarch of the skies," was receding from the earth at the
rate of about 20 miles a second. Later observations at Greenwich
Observatory showed that this motion was gradually diminishing, and within
the last few years it has been found that the motion of recession has been
actually changed into a motion of approach, showing that this giant sun is
probably traveling in a mighty orbit round some as yet unknown center of

From a consideration of stellar proper motions, it has been concluded that
the sun--and therefore the whole solar system--is moving through space.
Recent investigations make the velocity of translation about 19 miles per
second (30 kilometers). The Greenwich observations place the "apex of the
solar motion" (as the point toward which the sun is moving is called)
between Rho and Sigma Cygni, while Dr. Huggins' results fix a point near
Beta Cephei. Both these points are near the Milky Way.

There are other startling changes which have occasionally taken place
among the stars, and which must be looked upon almost in the light of
catastrophes. At rare intervals in the history of astronomy "temporary" or
"new" stars have suddenly blazed out in the heavens which were previously
either unknown to astronomers, or else were invisible, except in the
telescope. Some of these were of great brilliancy. In A.D. 173 a bright
star is recorded in the Chinese annals as having appeared between Alpha
and Beta Centauri (two bright stars in the southern hemisphere). It
remained visible for seven or eight months, and is described as resembling
"a large bamboo mat" (!)--a not very lucid description. It is worthy of
remark that there exists at the present time, close to the spot indicated,
an interesting variable star, which may possibly be identical with the
bright star of the second century. Perhaps the most remarkable of these
wonderful objects was that observed by the famous Tycho Brahe in 1572, in
Cassiopeia, and called the "Pilgrim." It was so brilliant that it rivaled
the planet Venus at its brightest, and was visible at noonday. It remained
visible for over a year and then disappeared.

A small star close to its recorded position has been observed in recent
years, and as it is thought to be slightly variable in its light, it may
possibly be identical with the long lost star of Tycho Brahe. Another new
star of almost equal brilliancy was observed in October, 1604, in
Ophiuchus, a few degrees southeast of the star Eta Ophiuchi. The planets
Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn were close together in this vicinity, and one
evening Mostlin, a pupil of Kepler's, remarked that a new and very
brilliant star had joined the group. When first seen it was white, and
exceeded in brightness Mars and Jupiter, and was even thought to rival
Venus in splendor! It gradually diminished, however, and in six months was
not equal in luster to Saturn; in March, 1606, it had entirely
disappeared. In 1670 a star of the third magnitude was observed by Anthelm
near Beta Cygni. It remained visible for about two years, and increased
and diminished several times before it finally disappeared. Flamsteed's
star, No. 11 of Vulpecula, has been supposed to be identical with
Anthelm's star, but Baily could not find that such a star exists. A small
star has, however, been observed at Greenwich within one minute of arc of
the place assigned to the temporary star by Picard's observations.

Variability has been suspected in this faint star, and according to Hind
it has a hazy, ill-defined appearance about it, which may perhaps suggest
that it may be a small planetary nebula, similar to Schmidt's new star of
1876 in Cygnus. A small new star was observed by Hind in Ophiuchus on
April 28, 1848. When first noticed it was about the fifth magnitude. It
afterward rose to about fourth magnitude, but very soon faded away, and,
although still visible in the telescope, has become very faint in recent
years. A new star of seventh magnitude was found by Pogson on May 28,
1860, in the well-known star cluster known as 80 Messier in Scorpio. The
light of the star when first seen obscured the light of the nebula. On
June 10 the star had nearly disappeared, and the nebula was again seen
shining with great brilliancy.

A very interesting temporary star--known as the "Blaze Star"--suddenly
appeared in Corona Borealis in May, 1866. It was first seen by the late
Mr. Birmingham, of Tuam, Ireland, on the night of May 12, when it was of
the second magnitude and equal in brightness to Alphecca, the brightest
star in the well-known "Coronet." It must have made its appearance very
suddenly, for Dr. Schmidt, the director of the Athens observatory, stated
that he was observing this region of the heavens a few hours previously,
and noticed nothing unusual. It rapidly diminished in brightness, and on
May 24 of the same year was reduced to nearly the ninth magnitude. It was
soon discovered that the star had been previously observed, and its place
registered by the great German astronomer, Argelander, as of magnitude 9½,
so that it is possibly a variable star of irregular period and fitful
variability. When near its maximum brilliancy, its light was examined by
Dr. Huggins with the spectroscope, which showed the bright lines of
incandescent hydrogen gas in addition to the ordinary stellar spectrum.
This implies that the great increase in its light was due to a sudden
outburst of hydrogen in the star's atmosphere. Some observers remarked
that when viewed with the naked eye it decidedly twinkled more than other
stars in the neighborhood, which rendered a correct estimate of its
relative brightness somewhat difficult. During the years 1866 to 1876,
Schmidt detected variations of light which seemed to show a period of
about 94 days, and these observations were confirmed by Schonfeld.

On the evening of November 24, 1876, the late Dr. Schmidt, of Athens,
discovered a new star of the third magnitude, near Rho Cygni, in a spot
where he was certain that no bright star was visible four nights
previously. When first seen, it was somewhat brighter than Eta Pegasi. It
did not, however, remain long at this degree of brightness, but rapidly
decreased, and on November 30 had faded to fifth magnitude. It afterward
diminished very regularly, and in September, 1885, was estimated only
fifteenth magnitude with the 15½ inch refractor of Mr. Wigglesworth's
observatory. The star was examined with the spectroscope a few days after
its discovery, and showed bright lines similar to the "Blaze Star" in the
Northern Crown. One of these bright lines was believed to be identical
with Kirchhoff's No. 1474, which has been observed in the spectrum of the
solar corona during total eclipses of the sun. This star would seem to be
quite new, as there is no star in any of the catalogues in its position.
In September, 1877, it was examined with the spectroscope at Lord
Crawford's observatory, and its light was found to be almost entirely
monochromatic (of only one color), showing that the star "had changed into
a planetary nebula of small angular diameter" (!)

In August, 1885, a star of about seventh magnitude made its appearance
close to the nucleus of the Great Nebula in Andromeda--a well-known object
visible to the naked eye, and which has been well called "the Queen of the
Nebulæ." The new star was independently discovered by several observers
toward the end of August, but seems to have been first certainly seen by
Mr. T. W. Ward, of Belfast, on August 19, at 11 P.M. At Greenwich
observatory the spectrum of the new star was found "of precisely the same
character as that of the nebula, _i. e._, it was perfectly continuous, no
lines, either bright or dark, being visible, and the red end was wanting."
Dr. Huggins, however, on September 9, thought he could see from three to
five bright lines in its spectrum. The star gradually faded away, and on
February 7, 1886, was estimated only sixteenth magnitude in the 26 inch
refractor of the naval observatory at Washington. From a series of
measures by Prof. Asaph Hall he found "no certain indications of any
parallax," so that evidently the star and the nebula, in which it probably
lies, are situated at an immense distance from the earth. Prof. Seeliger
has investigated the decrease in light of the star on the hypothesis that
it was a cooling body, which had been suddenly raised to an intense heat
by the shock of a collision, and finds a fair agreement between theory and
observation. Anwers points out the similarity between this outburst and
the new star of 1860 in the cluster 80 Messier, and thinks it very
probable that both phenomena were due to physical changes in the nebulæ in
which they occurred.

With reference to the colors of the stars, some of the red stars have been
suspected to vary in color. The bright star Sirius is supposed--from the
description of it by ancient astronomers--to have been originally red, but
this seems very doubtful. The Persian astronomer Al Sufi, in his
"Description of the Heavens," written in the tenth century, describes the
well-known variable star Algol distinctly as a red star. It is now white,
and this is perhaps the best attested instance on record of change of
color in a bright star.--_Naturalists' Monthly._

                          THE COMMON DANDELION.

                      By FREDERICK LEROY SARGENT.

In the various names which the dandelion has received, we see expressed,
for the most part, either a reference to the tooth-like recurved lobes of
the leaves, Fig. 1, or an allusion to the medicinal properties of the
plant. Thus, our English name is a modified form of the French _dent de
lion_, meaning lion's tooth, and in German we have the same idea expressed
in _Löwenzahn_. Fifty years ago this plant appeared in the botanies as
_Leontodon taraxicum_, the generic name being derived from the Greek
_leon_, lion, and _odons_, tooth, and the specific from the Greek
_tarasso_, to stir up, in reference to the effect of a dose. In later
works we find the genus _Leontodon_, including the "fall dandelion" (_L.
autumnale_), but not the true dandelion, which now appears in a genus by
itself under the name _Taraxicum Densleonis_. Here the specific name is
merely "lion's tooth" again, in Latin.

[Illustration: FIG. 1.]

Finally, in the latest works our plant is given as _Taraxicum officinale_,
since this has been found to be the name which, according to the rules of
botanical nomenclature, takes precedence of all others. An allusion to the
teeth is thus no longer retained, the only reference remaining being to
the plant's officinal use.

To the majority of people the mention of the dandelion calls to mind not
so much its medicinal properties as its use for food. Although its
cultivation, either as a spring pot herb or as a salad with blanched
leaves, is comparatively modern, the wild plant seems to have been long
valued as a vegetable. There is reason to believe that the Romans made use
of it as a pot herb, and Chinese writers of the fourteenth century mention
its being eaten in their country, although there is no evidence of
cultivation at that time.

There are but few of our flowering plants that grow so widespread over the
world. It occurs in North America from the Atlantic to the Pacific coast,
in Europe, in Asia, and in the Arctic regions. This extensive range may in
part be accounted for by the fact that our plant belongs to the large and
aggressive family of the _Compositæ_, and is thus related to such invaders
as daisies, burdocks, and thistles. Still, the dandelion has more to
recommend it than mere family connection; for, despite its lowly aspect,
it is no poor relation, but, as we shall hope to show in the present
article, it has many virtues of its own which entitle it to respect.

Prominent among these is its adaptability to the different conditions
under which it grows. It seems to make the best of everything. If by
chance a seed falls upon poor, thin soil, the young plant sends forth, as
rapidly as possible, a rosette of leaves pressed close to the earth. And
thus, on the principle that "possession is nine points of the law," it
secures for its roots the use of a certain amount of territory quite safe
from the encroachments of other plants. In rich ground the case is quite
different, for here there is so much nutriment in a small quantity of
earth, that the struggle for soil is not such a life and death matter as
in the less favored localities. Consequently we find a large number of
plants crowded together as close as they can stand; and it is obvious that
if, under these circumstances, the dandelion should develop a flat rosette
of leaves, the grass and other plants growing around would soon overshadow
it, and it would have small chance for life.

Our plant, therefore, extends its leaves upward, and does its best to
elongate them so as to keep pace with the growth of its rivals. But as
these are for the most part grasses and plants which grow by elongation of
the stem, the race for sunshine is rather in favor of these other plants,
for the reason that a given amount of material put into a stem makes a
stiffer organ than when put into a leaf. Still, even with these odds
against it, the dandelion seems well able to hold its own, for it probably
derives more or less advantage from the recurved lobes, or teeth, which
give the plant its name. These are admirably fitted to act in much the
same manner as a ratchet; and when the neighboring grasses are blown
against the dandelion, a blade may slide along the margin of the leaf
toward the base; but, as it springs back from its own elasticity, it
cannot slide in the opposite direction, for a tooth will catch it, and
thus force it to help support the leaf, and hold it up to the sunshine. We
need not stop to consider how the dandelion behaves in soil which is
neither very rich nor very poor, for enough has been said to show that it
has not much to fear from any rivals it may meet under ordinary

It is not only against the aggressions of neighboring plants, however,
that our dandelion needs to be prepared. It is at least equally important
for its welfare that it have some means of protection against herbivorous
animals--not only such as might eat its leaves, but also the more stealthy
ones that live upon the food which plants store underground. All such foes
it thwarts by a means as simple as it is efficient. Every part of the
plant contains a milky juice which is intensely bitter, and a first taste
is quite enough to convince the most stupid animal that raw dandelion is
not good eating, and most animals know enough to let it severely alone.
Curiously enough, however, in this, as in many other cases, it happens
that what in nature acts to deter animals from eating the plant, with man
offers the chief attraction, for it is this very bitter principle
(_taraxacin_) which gives to dandelion greens their peculiar flavor, and
affords the essential element in the extract which physicians prescribe.

The store of food, referred to above, which the dandelion accumulates in
its root, not infrequently enables it to pass, almost unharmed, through
dangers that with less provident plants would surely prove fatal. For
example, it must often happen that from drought or from being trampled
upon by animals, the leaves become wholly or in part destroyed. Now, if
there were no reserve store of food, the plant would have no chance of
rallying; but as it is, this food supplies the material for new growth,
and upon the return of favorable conditions, fresh leaves are developed,
and the plant lives on as before. Primarily, of course, the purpose of
this storage of food is to enable the plant to live on from year to year,
resting in the winter, and in the spring beginning work again with a good

In comparing the higher with the lower plants, the superiority of the
former is most beautifully shown in the better provision which is made for
the welfare of offspring; and in this regard our dandelion stands among
the highest. Before we can understand the ways in which our little plant
performs this part of its life work, we must briefly consider the
structure of the blossom.

[Illustration: FIG. 2.]

If with a sharp knife we cut a blossom in halves, from the stem upward,
the parts represented in Fig. 2 will be disclosed. Surmounting the stalk
is a cushion-like receptacle, R, from the top of which arise a number of
tiny flowers, F, while from the side grow out a series of green scales, S,
forming an involucre around the whole. A single one of these florets, Fig.
3, exhibits the following parts: First, a bright yellow corolla, C O,
tubular below, but strap-shaped above, as if a tube had been split for
part of the way on one side, and the upper part flattened. Second, five
stamens, S K, attached by slender filaments, F M, to the tubular part of
the corolla, and with their anthers or pollen sacs, A N, joined together
by the edges to form a tube. Third, a single pistil having a long style, S
Y, which, above, passes through the anther tube, and bears at its end two
diverging stigmas, S G, and below connects by a short neck, N, with the
small ovary, O, which contains a solitary ovule. Fourth, a calyx, C X,
composed of numerous slender bristles.

[Illustration: FIG. 3.]

The purpose of these complex structures is, of course, in one way or
another to secure the development of the ovule into a seed fitted to
produce a new plant. This development will proceed only after the ovule
has been influenced (_i. e._, fertilized) by pollen placed upon the
stigma; but when once the mysterious process of fertilization has taken
place, then there follows immediately those wonderful changes in the
blossom which culminate in the ripening of the fruit.

There are but two possible ways in which fertilization may be secured;
either the pollen which affects the ovule must come from the same flower
(then called close fertilization), or the pollen must come from another
flower of the same kind (cross fertilization). Now, while either of these
methods will insure the production of a seed, numerous experiments go to
show that those offspring which result from cross fertilization are in
many ways superior to those which are produced from close fertilization;
and it is to the advantages of cross fertilization that we have to look
for an explanation of the significance of many peculiar structures, not
only of the dandelion, but of flowers in general.

It is obvious that, to secure cross fertilization, there must be some
agent to transfer the pollen from one plant to another. Most commonly,
either the wind is taken advantage of for this purpose, as with elms,
pines, grasses, etc., or else flying insects are induced to perform the
office, as is the case with the majority of our familiar flowers. The wind
is a very wasteful carrier, so that for every grain that is properly
placed, thousands, or even millions, may be lost. Insects, on the
contrary, waste but little; and, moreover, as Aristotle so shrewdly
observed, they habitually confine their visits, for a number of trips,
exclusively to the flowers of one species.

The dandelion seems to fully appreciate the great advantages of securing
the services of insects, for it appeals most strongly to their love of
bright colors and their passion for sweets. As the flowers open, each tiny
golden cup is filled to the brim with purest nectar, and he must be a very
dull insect, indeed, that cannot see the brilliant head of flowers as far
as he can see anything. At any rate, it is not the dandelion's fault if he
does not, for the blossom is placed where it will be as conspicuous as
possible. If the surrounding herbage is tall, the flower stalk is
elongated, so that the crown of flowers may not be obscured. If the plants
around are low-lying, it would be wasteful to have a long stalk, so it has
a short one, sometimes so short that the blossom looks like a button in
the center of the leaf rosette. Economy of material is furthermore shown
in the fact that the stalk is always hollow, for it is a principle well
known to builders that, when there is required a pillar of a given
strength, less material is needed for the tubular form than for the solid

[Illustration: FIG. 4.]

[Illustration: FIG. 5.]

But to return to our flower. We have next to consider how the visits of
insects are utilized to secure cross fertilization. If we examine the
anther tube of a flower that has just opened, Fig. 4, we shall see that
the style has not yet protruded, but fills the entire cavity, except such
space as is occupied by a quantity of pollen which the anthers have shed.
So much of the style as is within the tube is thickly beset with hairs
that point upward; and when the lower portion elongates, this hairy part
brushes the pollen out of the tube, and protrudes, covered with the yellow
dust, Fig. 5. At this stage, an insect coming for nectar must rub against
the style, and so become more or less covered with pollen. None of it,
however, can get upon the stigmas, for they are not yet exposed. After a
short time has elapsed, during which much of the pollen has probably been
rubbed off, the style is seen to split at the top; and as the halves
separate and roll back, Fig. 3, their inner faces (the stigmas) are
exposed. If, now, the flower be visited by an insect which has previously
been to a younger flower, the pollen he brings will be deposited upon the
stigmas as he rubs against them, and cross fertilization will be effected.

Let us suppose, however, that no insect visits the blossom--and this must
often happen to such as appear very early in the spring or late in the
fall, when hardly any insects are around. In such cases we find that seeds
are produced, and therefore we must infer that fertilization has in some
way or other been secured. An examination of a flower still older than any
we have considered, Fig. 6, will show us what takes place. Here it will be
seen that, after the stigmas have diverged, they continue to roll back,
until a coil of one or more turns has been made; and as a result of this
the stigmatic surface comes in contact with the hairs on the style, and
touches the pollen grains entangled by them. Still, the close
fertilization thus accomplished is only a last resort, and it can only
occur in the event of insects' visits having failed; for when pollen from
another flower has once fallen on the stigma, no pollen coming afterward
can have the least effect. Thus, we have another instance of the
dandelion's ability to make the best of its surroundings.

[Illustration: FIG. 6.]

It even adapts itself to the weather; for when the sun shines, the scales
of the involucre bend back, and the blossom is expanded to its fullest
extent; but in dull weather, or at night, the scales bend inward, and the
blossom is tightly closed. The advantages of this remarkable movement,
with its implied sensitiveness, is obvious when we consider that insects
are abroad only in sunshine, while at other times there is danger of dew
or rain getting into the nectar, and so spoiling it for the insects.

After fertilization has been accomplished throughout the blossom, the
involucre closes, and remains closed during the ripening of the fruit. The
changes which now take place are as follows: In each flower the corolla,
stamens, and style, being of no further use, wither, and sever their
connection with the ovary; the ovule develops into a seed containing a
tiny plantlet well provided with food for its use during germination; the
ovary grows to keep pace with the seed, its tissues become hardened, and a
number of spine-like projections develop near the upper part; and finally
the short neck which bears the calyx bristles elongates, pushing upward
the withered parts of the flower. At this stage the involucral scales bend
back through an arc of about 180°, the cushion-like receptacle becomes
almost spherically convex, the fruits radiate in all directions, the
bristles spread, and a beautiful cluster of little parachutes is presented
to the wind.

[Illustration: FIG. 7.]

[Illustration: FIG. 8.]

Even a glance at one of these fruits, Fig. 7, is sufficient to discover a
wonderful fitness for transportation by wind, and more careful study shows
that this fitness pervades every detail. For example, on examining the
bristles microscopically, Fig. 8, it is shown that they are not simple
threads, but each is hollow and has numerous projections extending on
either side, all of which serves to increase the buoyancy in a very
effective way.

The experience of aeronauts has shown that a highly important part in the
equipment of a balloon, after the attainment of buoyancy, is the provision
of some means of arresting the balloon's progress when the destination has
been reached. One of the most successful means which they employ is the
grappling hook; and as we find the base of our diminutive parachute
provided with a number of upwardly directed spines, it seems fair to
conclude that these serve to arrest the fruit upon favorable soil. If it
comes to rest upon a smooth surface--which, of course, would be
barren--the next breeze would easily blow it away; but if it chance to
fall on soil or among other plants, the effect of the spines would be to
retain it against the power of even a strong wind. Thus, we may leave it
safely landed upon good soil, ready to begin under favorable conditions
the cycle of its wonderful life.--_Popular Science News._


                          By DR. C. V. RILEY.

There is always a great deal of interest attaching to organisms which are
unique in character and which systematists find difficulty in placing in
any of their schemes of classification. A number of instances will occur
to every working naturalist, and I need only refer to Limulus, and the
extensive literature devoted, during the past decade, to the discussion of
its true position, as a marked and well-known illustration. In hexapods
the common earwig and flea are familiar illustrations. These osculant or
aberrant forms occur most among parasitic groups, as the Stylopidæ,
Hippoboscidæ, Pulicidæ, Mallophaga, etc. Probably no hexapod, however, has
more interested entomologists than _Platypsyllus castoris_ Ritsema, a
parasite of the beaver. I cannot better illustrate the diversity of
opinion respecting its true position in zoology than by giving an epitome
of the more important literature upon it.

[12] Read at the meeting of the National Academy of Sciences, April 20,

J. Ritsema, in _Petites Nouvelles Entomologiques_ for September 15, 1869,
described the species as _Platypsyllus castoris_. He found it on some
American beavers (_Castor canadensis_) in the zoological garden of
Rotterdam. He considered it to "undoubtedly" belong to the Suctoria of De
Geer, and to form a new genus of Pulicidæ.

In the same year, in the _Tijdschrift voor Entomologie_, 2d ser., vol. v.,
p. 185 (which I have not seen), the same author publishes what is
apparently a redescription of the insect. He gives his views more fully as
to its systematic position, considering that it belongs to the
Aphaniptera, and is equivalent to the Pulicidæ.

In the same year, Prof. J. O. Westwood (having previously read a
description of the species, November 9, 1868, before the Ashmolean Society
of Oxford) published in the _Entomologist's Monthly Magazine_, vol. vi.,
October, 1869, pp. 118-119, a full characterization of the insect under
the name of _Platypsyllus castorinus_. A new order, _Achreioptera_, is
established upon the species, which he very aptly likens, in general
appearance, to a cross between a flattened flea and a diminutive
cockroach. "The abnormal economy of the insect, its remarkable structure,
the apparent want of mandibles, our ignorance of its transformations, and
the possibility that the creature may be homomorphous in the larva and
pupa states," are the reasons assigned for establishing the new order, and
here Prof. Westwood is perfectly consistent, as in his famous
"Introduction to the Classification of Insects" the Forficulidæ are placed
in the order Euplexoptera; the Thripidæ in the order Thysanoptera; the
Phryganeidæ in the order Thrichoptera; the Stylopidæ in the order
Strepsiptera; and the Pulicidæ in the order Aphaniptera.

In 1872, Dr. J. L. Le Conte published his paper "On _Platypsyllidæ_, a New
Family of Coleoptera" (Proc. Zool. Soc. of London for 1872, pp. 779-804,
pl. lxviii.), in which he shows that _Platypsylla_ is undoubtedly
coleopterous and cannot possibly be referred to the Aphaniptera. Careful
descriptions and figures of anatomical details are given, and he finds
that its affinities are very composite, but in the direction of the
Adephagous and Clavicorn series. Its most convenient place is shown to be
between the _Hydrophilidæ_ and _Leptinidæ_. There seems to be no good
reason why the name _Platypsyllus_ is here changed to _Platypsylla_, a
spelling adopted by most subsequent American writers.

In 1874, Prof. Westwood, in the "_Thesaurus Entomologicus Oxoniensis_"
(Oxford, 1874), p. 194, pl. xxxvii., gives figures with details; reprints
his previous diagnosis, and maintains his previous course in erecting a
new order for the insect, without giving any additional reasons.

In 1880, P. Megnin, in "Les Parasites et les maladies parasitaires," etc.,
Paris, 1880, gives (pp. 66-67) a description of the family
"Platypsyllines" without expressing an opinion concerning the systematic
position. He also describes and figures the species.

In 1882, Dr. Geo. H. Horn (Trans. Amer. Ent. Soc., x., 1882-83; Monthly
Proc., Feb. 10, 1882, p. ii.) exhibited drawings illustrating the anatomy
of _Platypsylla_ and _Leptinus_, and showed that a close relationship
exists between these genera. Later, in his "Notes on Some Little Known
Genera and Species of Coleoptera" (Trans. Amer. Ent. Soc., x., 1882-83,
pp. 113-126, pl. v., 114-116), he reviews the characters, and explains and
illustrates the anatomical details. The differences he points out between
his observations and those of Le Conte are more particularly in the
mandibles. In connection with this paper he also describes and illustrates
the structure of Leptinillus, which he separates from Leptinus, and
demonstrates their close relationship with Platypsyllus.

In 1883, Le Conte and Horn, in their "Classification of the Coleoptera of
North America" (Washington, Smithsonian Institution, 1883), give (pp.
13-15) a full description of the family characters, a little modified from
Le Conte's first description, but sustaining his views on the systematic
position of _Platypsyllidæ_.

In 1883, Alphonse Bonhoure (Ann. Soc. de France, 1883; Bull, des Seances,
p. cxxvi.) exhibited drawings and specimens of _Platypsyllus castoris_
found in the _Departement des Bouches du Rhone_.

In 1884, Edm. Reitter, in "_Platypsylla castoris_ Rits. als Vertreter
einer neuer europaischen Coleopteren-Familie" (Wiener entom. Zeit. iii.,
1884, pp. 19-21) gives a lengthy description of the species with special
regard to the sexual differences. He shows that the European insect is not
specifically distinct from the American form, but he does not express an
opinion on the position of the family among the Coleoptera.

In the same year, Bonhoure (Ann. Soc. Ent. de France, 1884, pp. 143-153)
more fully records its discovery on _Castor fiber_ taken in the
Petit-Rhone. It is a question whether this European beaver, now quite
rare, is distinct from ours. He gives a very good review of the subject,
with a plate of the most important details, after Horn, and he fully
indorses the coleopterological position of the insect.

In the same year Ritsema (_Tijdschrift voor Entomologie_, 1883-84,
lxxxvi.) refers to Bonhoure's discovery of _Platypsylla_ in France, and
corrects Reitter in some unimportant details.

In 1885, Reitter, in "_Coleopterologische Notizen_" xiii. (Wiener
entomolog. Zeit., vol. iv., 1885, p. 274), answers Ritsema's criticism.

In the same year, Dr. Friederich Brauer, in his masterly
"Systematisch-zoologische Studien" (Sitzh. der Kais. Akad. der Wissensch.,
xci., p. 364), speaks of the relationship in the thoracic characters
between Mallophaga and Coleoptera as illustrated by Platypsyllus, by
inference admitting the coleopterous nature of the latter, but recognizing
that it has mallophagous affinities.

In 1886, H. J. Kolbe, in his "Ueber die Stellung von Platypsyllus im
System" (Berlin entom. Zeitsch., xxx., 1886, pp. 103-105), discusses the
subject, without any new evidence, however. He concludes that most of its
characteristics relate it to the Corrodentia, and particularly to the
sub-order Mallophaga, in which it has its closest kinship in Liotheidæ.
The remarkable tripartite mentum he thinks should not be compared with the
bipartite mentum of Leptinus, and calls attention to the fact that in
Ancistrona in Mallophaga it is also trilobed.

The above are the more important papers on the subject, though the insect
has been referred by other authors to both Neuroptera and Orthoptera.

                     CHARACTERS OF PLATYPSYLLUS.



Where the characters of the image have been so often described, it is
unnecessary to refer to them in detail, and I will only call attention to
the more striking structural features and to some omissions by, or
differences between, previous authors. A glance at the illustrations which
I have prepared will show the prevailing characteristics of this
interesting creature, its general ovoid and flattened form, and more
particularly the flattened semicircular head. Dorsally, we notice the
rather prominent occiput fringed behind with short and broad depressed
spines or teeth which form a sort of comb, the prothorax trapezoidal and
but very slightly curved, with side margins strongly grooved. There is a
very distinct scutellem, and the two elytra are rounded at the tip and
without venation. Hind wings and eyes are both wanting. The abdomen shows
five segments, each with a row of depressed bristles.

On the ventral surface we find among the more curious characteristics,
first the antennæ; these were originally described by Westwood as
three-jointed, the club being annulated. Le Conte could not distinctly
make out the number of annular joints upon this club, though he thought he
detected seven, which made nine joints to the whole antenna. The club is
received in the deep cup-shaped excavation of the second joint. Horn
thought he detected a division of the second joint, and resolved but six
segments in the club, making also nine joints to the whole antenna, but in
a somewhat different fashion from Le Conte. Westwood's figure shows eight
annuli to the club. He failed to find any trace of the mandibles, but Le
Conte described them as small, flat, subquadrate, with the inner side
deeply crenulate, and resembling those of _Corylophus_; the stipes well
developed, and biarticulate. Horn could not entirely make out the
mandibles as described by Le Conte, and rather concluded that what Le
Conte described is really one of the granules which occur behind the
labrum. He considered that the piece could hardly be even an aborted
mandible, because of its diminutive size.

[Illustration: YOUNG LARVA.]

What all authors have agreed in calling the mentum is very noticeable,
being large and broad, and trilobed behind. The maxillæ are strong, with
complicated stipes and with two flat, thin lobes, the inner one smaller
than the outer and rounded at the tip, both lobes being ciliate. The
maxillary palpi are four-jointed, the labial palpi three-jointed. The
prosternum is very large, subtriangular, concealing the insertion of the
coxæ, and extending over the front part of the mesosternum, as does this
over the front of the metasternum. Six ventral segments of the abdomen are
visible behind the posterior coxæ, which conceal two and the base of a
third. The coxæ are flat and not at all prominent. The legs are
characterized by broad and flattened tibiæ and femora, and the strong
spines with which they are armed. The tarsi are five-jointed, the front
and middle pair with a row of claviform membraneous appendages each side,
which Le Conte found only in the male.

American entomologists have been satisfied to follow Le Conte and Horn as
to the position of Platypsyllus. Yet with such diversity of opinion on the
subject among high European authorities, the importance of a knowledge of
the adolescent states has been recognized, as the character of either the
larva or pupa would settle the question.

During a stay at West Point, Neb., in October, 1886, I learned from one of
my agents, Mr. Lawrence Bruner, that there was a beaver in a creek not far
from that point, and I at once made arrangements for him to trap the
beaver, and to look particularly for living specimens of Platypsyllus on
the skin, and especially the earlier stages. He succeeded in capturing the
beaver and sent me some fifteen specimens of the larva and also some
imagos, but neither eggs nor pupæ were found. A glance at the larva
satisfied me at once of its coleopterous nature; but as we have, waiting
to be worked up and published, an _embarras de richesses entomologiques_
in the collections of the National Museum, and as circumstances largely
decide the precedence, I should probably not have called attention to this
larva for some time, had it not been that at the last monthly meeting of
the Entomological Society of Washington, Dr. Horn, who was present,
announced the finding, the present spring, by one of his correspondents,
of this very larva, and exhibited a specimen. Some points about it, and
especially the position of the spiracles, being yet rather obscure in his
mind, he requested me to examine my material, which I have thus been led
to do. I have made a figure of this larva which will sufficiently indicate
its nature.

The general form of the trophi, and particularly the anal cerci, fully
settle the disputed point, and remove this insect completely from the
Mallophaga (none of which possess them), and confirm its position in the
Clavicorn series of the Coleoptera. Yet in the larva, as in the imago, the
effects of its parasitic life are shown in certain modifications which
approach the running section of the Mallophaga. Without going into details
I may say that, besides its general and more decided coleopterological
features, this larva is distinguished by the shortness and stoutness of
its legs, by the size and stoutness of the antennæ, by the stiff and long
depressed hairs on the dorsal and more particularly on the ventral
surface, and by the dorsal position of the abdominal spiracles, all
characters approaching the Mallophaga. The first pair of spiracles is
lateral, and may be said to be mesothoracic, being placed on the
mesothoracic joint, but on a distinct fold. The eight abdominal spiracles
are placed on the sides of the dorsum, and in this respect recall the
parasitic triungulin of the meloid larvæ. The mandibles are barely
corneous, and they are more elongate and curved in the younger than in the
older larva, while the legs are also relatively stouter, more curved, and
with a much longer and sharper claw in the younger larva, which seems well
fitted for grasping the hairs of its host.

There can no longer be any doubt, therefore, about the true position of
Platypsyllus. The eggs will probably be found attached in some way to the
hairs of the animal they are laid on, much as they are in Mallophaga, and
the pupa is probably formed in the nests of the host, and not upon the
skin, which will explain the reason for its not occurring with the larva
and imago upon the beaver, either in the case of my specimens or those of
Dr. Horn.

The greatest resemblance of Platypsyllus in the imago state to the
Mallophaga is found in the spinous comb on the hind border of the occiput,
the arrangement of the spines on the abdomen, and the superficial antennal
structure, but particularly in the broad trilobed mentum. All of the other
characteristics are readily referable to the Coleoptera, though, as Le
Conte pointed out, they are composite, recalling in the antennæ the
Grynidæ, in the pronotum the Silphidæ, in the mesosternum Limulodes, in
the elytra the Staphilindæ, in the legs the Anisotomidæ, and in the
mandibles the Corylophidæ. The scutellum and the five-jointed tarsi at
once remove it from Mallophaga, and it is a wonder that Le Conte and Horn
have not more fully insisted on this fact. The trophi are very
complicated, and there are various details of structure not noticed or not
mentioned by any of the writers upon the subject hitherto.

I have been led to very carefully examine the imago, and the more closely
I have done so, the more completely I realize the accuracy of Le Conte's
original work. The mandibles are visible or not, according as they are
exposed or withdrawn, and their existence may depend on the sex, as, so
far as my material justifies conclusion, they are visible in the male
only. Where found they correspond to Le Conte's description. Even in the
larva they are weak and of doubtful service in mastication, while in the
imago they are, as is also the labrum, quite rudimentary, which fact
hardly justifies us, however, in arguing their non-existence.

As confirmatory of the affinities of Platypsyllus, as here proved, it may
be mentioned that _Leptinus testaceous_ Mull., the only species of its
genus, is known to be parasitic on mice, as it has been found upon them in
Philadelphia by Dr. Jno. A. Ryder, and I have taken it in the nests of a
common field mouse near Washington. But still more interesting is the fact
that _Leptinillus validus_ Horn (also the only species of its genus) is an
associate parasite of Platypsyllus on the beaver, a number of both having
been taken by one of my agents, Mr. A. Koebele, in San Francisco, from
beaver skins brought from Alaska.


In reference to the classificatory value that should be attached to an
aberrant type like this, I have already expressed my opinion in a paper on
Megathymus, a Lepidopteron that connects in many ways the two great
divisions of butterflies and moths, published in the Transactions of the
Academy of Sciences of St. Louis, volume iii., 1876, and will take the
liberty of reading a few passages therefrom:

    "Between all classificatory divisions, from variety to kingdom,
    the separating lines we draw get more and more broken in
    proportion as our knowledge of forms, past and present,
    increases. Every step in advance toward a true conception of the
    relations of animals brings the different groups closer
    together, until at last we perceive an almost continuous chain.
    Even the older naturalists had an appreciation of this fact.
    Linnæus' noted dictum, '_Natura saltus non facit_' implies it;
    and Kirby and Spence justly observe that 'it appears to be the
    opinion of most modern physiologists that the series of
    affinities in nature is a concatenation or continuous series;
    and that though an hiatus is here and there observable, this has
    been caused either by the annihilation of some original group or
    species, or that the objects required to fill it up are still in
    existence but have not yet been discovered.'"

    "Modern naturalists find in this more or less gradual blending
    their strongest arguments in favor of community of descent; and
    speculation as to the origin, or outcome rather, in the near
    present or remote past of existing forms is naturally and very
    generally indulged, even by those who a few years back were more
    inclined to ridicule than accept Darwinian doctrine. Shall we
    then say that the old divisions must be discarded because not
    absolute? As well might we argue for the abolition of the four
    seasons because they differ with the latitude, or because they
    gradually blend into each other. Entomologists will always speak
    of moths and butterflies, howsoever arbitrary the groups may
    come to be looked upon, or however numerous the intermediate

    "Families should, I think, be made as comprehensive as possible,
    and not unduly multiplied; and in considering aberrant forms,
    the objects of classification are best subserved by retaining
    them in whatever division can claim the balance of characters.
    It is better to widen than to restrict in the higher groups. Le
    Conte does better service in bringing Platypsylla among the
    Coleoptera than does Westwood in creating a new order--
    Achreioptera--for it. Phylloxera, in Homoptera, is much more
    wisely retained in the Aphididæ than made the type of a new

Platypsyllus, therefore, is a good Coleopteron, and in all the characters
in which it so strongly approaches the Mallophaga it offers merely an
illustration of modification due to food habit and environment. In this
particular it is, however, of very great interest as one of the most
striking illustrations we have of variation in similar lines through the
influence of purely external or dynamical conditions, and where genetic
connection and heredity play no part whatever. It is at the same time
interesting because of its synthetic characteristics, being evidently an
ancient type from which we get a very good idea of the connection in the
past of some of the present well-defined orders of insects.

Westwood, though now an octogenarian, may safely be called England's most
eminent entomologist by virtue of the character and volume of the work
which he has accomplished. Dr. Le Conte was, _facile princeps_, America's
leading coleopterist. I do not know that any greater tribute could be
added to the sound judgment and deep knowledge possessed by that late
distinguished member of the Academy than the confirmation of his views as
opposed to the views of Westwood and other European authorities which the
discovery of this larva now gives us.

                        THE SPECTRA OF OXYGEN.

The author has observed a fact which furnishes a remarkable demonstration
of the law of the production of the dark bands which he has detected in
the spectrum of oxygen. The phenomena of elective absorption in oxygen gas
are manifested in two mutually distinct spectral systems. A first system,
formed of fine rays, follows the law of the product of the gaseous system
traversed by its density. The second system is formed of bands much less
easily resolved, is governed by the law of the product of the thickness by
the square of the density. This second law being quite novel in spectral
analysis, the author has instituted experiments necessary to prove that
this system of obscure bands really belongs to oxygen. These experiments
range from pressures of 100 atmospheres down to those of a few units, and
with lengths of tubes from 0.42 meter to 60 meters. At the same time
prolonged observations have been made upon the atmosphere, brought into
connection with the experiments in the tubes. These observations, and
especially those made during autumn last on the Pic du Midi, prove that
all the bands of the spectrum of oxygen are found in the spectrum of the
solar light if it is allowed to traverse a sufficient thickness of the
atmospheric medium. Further, on comparing, by the aid of photography, the
intensities of the bands of the atmospheric spectrum with those given in
the tubes, the author has found that the intensities of these atmospheric
bands fulfill the law of the square. It appears from _Wiedemann's Annalen_
that M. Olszewski, when liquefying oxygen, examined its spectrum and
ascertained the existence of the bands in question with a stratum of 7 mm.
of liquid oxygen.--_J. Jansen._

                           OF IRON AND NICKEL.

                       By Mr. H. TOMLINSON, B.A.

Experiments by himself and other observers have shown that the
temperatures at which iron and nickel lose their magnetic properties
depend on the specimens used and the magnetizing forces employed; but the
temperatures at which they _begin to lose_ these properties are
definite--for nickel about 300° C., and iron about 680° C. The author's
own experiments on "Recalescence of Iron" show two critical temperatures;
and Pinchon has shown by calorimetric measurement that between 660° and
720° C., and between 1,000° and 1,050° C., heat becomes latent. All these
facts seem to indicate a molecular rearrangement about these temperatures.

In his proposed theory he assumes that the molecules of iron (say)
contain magnetic atoms capable of motions of translation and of rotation.
These tend to form closed magnetic circuits, but at ordinary temperatures
are unable to do so on account of the close proximity of their centers. On
raising the temperature their centers are further separated, till at about
680° C. their polar extremities rush together, forming complete circuits
and exhibiting no external magnetic properties. On cooling down, the
centers approach until the gravitation attraction overcomes the magnetic
attraction of their poles, when the magnetic properties reappear.

Prof. Ayrton asked whether the author had made experiments on the
reappearance of magnetic properties when raised to a white heat, and Prof.
Thompson inquired whether cobalt had been tested. Both questions were
answered negatively.


The principle in question, ouabaine, forms rectangular plates, very
slender, of a nacreous appearance. It is absolutely white, inodorous, and
not appreciably bitter. It contains no nitrogen, and does not react with
coloring matters. At a boiling heat, in presence of dilute acids, it is
split up, yielding a reductive sugar. Its composition is
C_{90}H_{45}O_{12}. It is poisonous if introduced into the circulation,
but not if swallowed.--_M. Arnaud, in Comptes Rendus._


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  10347  as much as [a] plank of the same size
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  10349  employes[employees] will no longer be known as "gas house
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