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ELECTROLYSIS OF WATER AND GAS PIPES, RESULTING FROM ELECTRICAL CURRENTS ESCAPING FROM STREET RAILWAYS.*

Issue 15 and Volume 30.

ELECTROLYSIS OF WATER AND GAS PIPES, RESULTING FROM ELECTRICAL CURRENTS ESCAPING FROM STREET RAILWAYS.* WHAT I shall say in this paper will be principally in relation to water pipes; but what is true of them is also true of gas pipes. As applied to water and gas pipes buried in the earth, and none others are affected, electrolysis, or electrical corrosion, as it is sometimes called, means the decomposition of the pipes due to chemical action of salts and liquids in the ground induced by currents of electricity passing along and from the pipes. The chicken does not disappear at the point where the coon enters the henhouse, but at the point where he leaves it; and just so with the plunder taken by these thieving currents. The iron of the pipes disappears at the points where the current leaves them; and disappear it surely will. The currents of electricity…

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