Marvelous, if true, will be the universal exclamation on hearing that a resident of Richmond, Ind., claims to have discovered a method, not of extracting sunbeams from cucumbers, but of storing the heat rays of the sun by a process the reverse of that employed for making ice. The inventor states that he has discovered a substance, which is abundant and cheaply produced—(something in the line of coal possibly, whose heat scientists aver is simply bottled up sunshine). It will absorb heat rays and hold them until driven out again. The process by which the heat will be driven out and the composition of the blocks are still secret.
A local paper, in speaking of the fire department of Portland, Me., says that it is “in very good condition, though it is, perhaps, not of sufficient size to protect the city properly, and, with the growth of the city, there is a natural increase in the demand for added means for fighting fires.”