Mysterious Fires.

Issue 21 and Volume 1893 14.

Mysterious Fires. During a recent visit 10 a country hotel which was lighted by incandescent lamps, Professor John Trowbridge relates that a thunderstorm occurred, and he noticed that the lamps blinked at every discharge of lightning, although the interval which elapsed between the blinking and the peals of thunder showed that the storm was somewhat remote. The effect was doubtless due to induction, produced by the surging of the lightning discharges. On the occasion of a heavy discharge, the lamps were extinguished, although no fuse was burned. This provided an opportunity for an attendant to discover that a jet of gas from a pinhole leakage in the gas fixtures had become ignited (doubtless by a minute electric spark) and the flame was impinging upon some adjacent woodwork. The discovery averted what would have been, perhaps, a serious and mysterious conflagration. The moral of the story is, of course, to be…

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