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Scientific American Supplement, No. 417, December 29, 1883   By:

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Scientific American Supplement. Vol. XVI, No. 417.

Scientific American established 1845

Scientific American Supplement, $5 a year.

Scientific American and Supplement, $7 a year.


I. ENGINEERING AND MECHANICS. Machine for Making Electric Light Carbons. 2 figures

The Earliest Gas Engine

The Moving of Large Masses. With engravings of the removal of a belfry at Cresentino in 1776, and of the winged bulls from Nineveh to Mosul in 1854

Science and Engineering. The relation they bear to one another. By WALTER R. BROWNE

Hydraulic Plate Press. With engraving

Fast Printing Press for Engravings. With engraving

French Cannon

Apparatus for Heating by Gas. 5 figures

Improved Gas Burner for Singeing Machines. 1 figure

II. TECHNOLOGY. China Grass, or Rhea. Different processes and apparatus used in preparing the fiber for commerce

III. ARCHITECTURE. Woodlands, Stoke Pogis, Bucks. With engraving.

IV. ELECTRICITY, LIGHT, ETC. Volta Electric Induction as Demonstrated by Experiment. Paper read by WILLOUGHBY SMITH before the Society of Telegraph Engineers and Electricians. Numerous figures

On Telpherage. The Transmission of vehicles by electricity to a distance. By Prof. FLEEMING JENKIN

New Electric Battery Lights

The Siemens Electric Railway at Zankeroda Mines. 3 figures

Silas' Chronophore. 3 figures

V. NATURAL HISTORY. A New Enemy of the Bee

Crystallization of Honey

An Extensive Sheep Range

VI. HORTICULTURE, ETC. The Zelkowas. With full description of the tree, manner of identification, etc., and several engravings showing the tree as a whole, and the leaves, fruit, and flowers in detail

VII. MEDICINE, HYGIENE, ETC. The Disinfection of the Atmosphere. Extract from a lecture by Dr. R.J. LEE, delivered at the Parkes Museum of Hygiene. London

A New Method of Staining Bacillus Tuberculosis

Cure for Hemorrhoids


[Footnote: A paper read at the Society of Telegraph Engineers and Electricians on the 8th November, 1883]


In my presidential address, which I had the pleasure of reading before this society at our first meeting this year, I called attention, somewhat hurriedly, to the results of a few of my experiments on induction, and at the same time expressed a hope that at a future date I might be able to bring them more prominently before you. That date has now arrived, and my endeavor this evening will be to demonstrate to you by actual experiment some of what I consider the most important results obtained. My desire is that all present should see these results, and with that view I will try when practicable to use a mirror reflecting galvanometer instead of a telephone. All who have been accustomed to the use of reflecting galvanometers will readily understand the difficulty, on account of its delicacy, of doing so where no special arrangements are provided for its use; but perhaps with a little indulgence on your part and patience on mine the experiments may be brought to a successful issue.


Reliable records extending over hundreds of years show clearly with what energy and perseverance scientific men in every civilized part of the world have endeavored to wrest from nature the secret of what is termed her "phenomena of magnetism," and, as is invariably the case under similar circumstances, the results of the experiments and reasoning of some have far surpassed those of others in advancing our knowledge. For instance, the experimental philosophers in many branches of science were groping as it were in darkness until the brilliant light of Newton's genius illumined their path... Continue reading book >>

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