Harper's New Monthly Magazine,  7 (1883–84), 487–92.

Editor's Historical Record



Regular Feature, News-Digest

[1] Science and Progress


Sanitation, Public Health, Hydrography, Exploration, Geology, Engineering, Railways, Telegraphy, Imperialism, Military Technology, Steamships, Mapping, Measurement, Metrology, Invention, Instruments

    Reports on attempts to improve the 'sanitary condition' of the 'dwellings of the London poor', as well as recent experiments 'as to the effect of oil in soothing troubled waters'. Also records that the 'remains of Lieutenant De Long, commander of the Jeannette, and of his ill-fated comrades' have now passed through Irkutsk 'on their long journey to America'. (489) Notes the occurrence of earthquakes in Portugal and Bohemia, plans for railways and telegraph lines in Africa, and the unveiling of hms Imperieuse, a '10 in. steel twin screw armour-plated barbette ship' (489–90). In the United States, the 're-arrangement of the time standards effected by the recent railway convention at Chicago' has brought about a 'new regulation, mapping the continent into divisions, whose imaginary lines run north and south', in which the 'traveller in any one division is governed by the same standard of time, instead of finding a bewildering variety of standards, to which (as with the tail of the monkey in the fable) there seemed to be literally no end'. Meanwhile, in Germany a 'Herr Nauschaff has constructed a delicate instrument for registering earth currents' that employs a 'sensitive galvanometer [...] enclosed in a case with a clockwork arrangement for moving a photographic plate about 80mm. per hour' and a 'total reflection prism' by which a 'ray of light is reflected onto the galvanometer and focussed on the plate'. Also reports that the Royal Geographical Society has given its approval to a 'proposed expedition for extensive explorations in New Guinea, under the leadership of Wilfred Powell'. (490)

[2] Obituary


Pharmaceuticals, Patronage, Hospitals

    Records the death of Thomas Holloway, the 'well-known medicine manufacturer' who 'devoted about half-a-million from his colossal fortune to the endowment of an insane asylum [and] hospitals for incurables and convalescents' (492).

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