The west shore. (Portland, Or.) 1875-1891, June 01, 1879, Page 181, Image 19

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    June, 1879.
THE WEST SHORE.
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SOME KEMARKABLE casks OF SPON
TANEOUS COMBUSTION.
M. Cocao n recently called the attention of the
French Academy of Science to a lingular ac
cident that had occurred a thort time previously
in hie laboratory. Eight daya ago, said he, my
laboratory beoamo tho acene of a sudden outbreak
of tire. The board flooring in the neighborhood
of a itove spontaneously ignited. In con
sequence of a similar accident, two years ago, I
had caused the board in the vieiuity of tho
stove to be replaoed by a marble slab. Not
withstanding this precaution tho lire broke out
in the wood around the marble. The heat to
whioh the wood was eipoeed at the points
where it ignited was not very great; the air had
only a temperature of 2ft. But without doubt
there had been a slow carbonisation of the wood
and a rapid absorbtiou of the oxygen of the air,
ami in conseiueuce a production of caloric
ufliciout to cause the combustion. Herein lies
a dauger which should be impressed on the
minds of architects and builders.
This reminded M. Faye of a caso of spon
taneous combustion that had recently occurred
at the house of a friend of his al Passy. The
lire was due to the continuous action of the
heat of a stove on the surrounding wood-work.
M. Dumas adduced several analogous exam
plea, all of whioh he explained by that property
of finely divided bodies whereby they absorb
air very energetically and generate heat. In
powder factories, for instance, the pulverised
carbon very often ignites of itself. It is for this
reason that the practice has been generally
adopted of pulverixiug it in conjunction with
sulphur, because sulphur deprives it of the
property mentioued.
In such instances as those cited, the wood de
prived of ita moisture by long exposure to heat
becomes transformed into a substance analogous
to lignite or peat. In fact, it ia changed into a
coudition that may be oompared to that of pow
dered wood. In this state it condenses the air
and take Are. It was thus that, on one occa
sion in his experience, a beam in a ooach-house
exposed to hot air took Are spontaneously.
Sometimes in theaters the lainpmeu's box, Ailed
with miscellaneous oily rubbish, becomes spon
taneously ignited. The greasy odds aud ends
contained therein condense the oxygen of the
air. In manufactories where Adrtaunple red ia
applied on cotton impregnated witn greasy
in ate f ml, spontaneous combustion takes place
very uften.
M. Unman cited one more singular fact of
which ha was a witness in the at mho of a paint
er. The artist had taken a piece v' ootUn to
brush and clean his canvas. He gave the oily
surface a good rubbing and put the oottoa aside.
Very soon the cotton ignited spontaneously.
The all sutflcient explanation of thee and
like cases is the fact that a minutely-divided
and air. conducting aubstanoe baa the capability
0' producing suddenly a high temperature. aYx
rhtinyt. To Drrxcr Ok EncAriMO. To And the leak,
Arst see that no humeri have been left accidentally
turned on. This ia often the case where toe
000k has no stop, aud is caused by the ooek be
ing partially turned around again so si to open
the vent. Imperfect stop cueki for this reason
are dangerous, and should lie promptly repaired.
Try all the joints of the gas linings, by bring
ing a lighted match near them, to ignite the es
caping gas if any there be. In caae it ia found
by the sense of small that the gas ia escaping
either within the floor or walla, do not 00 any
account apply a match Mar a crevice. Turn off
the gas at the miter, and seod for a gas -A tier at
once In ordinary leaks, the burnrr or Joint
should be unscrewed, aad white lead or common
bar-anap nibbed in the threads before sere tag
hoeae again.
Til Reapren of Uemeay eeTere a interna
UoaaU pnae far the heat treetiee Wading to
facilitate the care of diphtheria.
SAN XAVlElt DEL BAO.
The engraving on this page shows an old Mis
sion near one of the oldest towns in tho United
States, Tucson, Arizona. This Interesting relic
of the xeal aud enterprise of the padres was
photographed by Mr. E. Conklin, and an en
graving from the photograph appears in Ilia
"Picturesque Arizona," pnhliahod by the "Con
tinent Stereoscopic Co.," of New York city,
The Mission is named San Xaviar del Bao, and
although nearly 200 years old, according to Mr.
Oonklin's reckoning, it is still in a good state of
preservation, aud is opened for religious sor
vices to the natives, " a half-civilised remnant
of a mixture of the Mexico-Indian blood." It
is the best preserved Mission ruiu in the Terii
tory, and is oua of the boldest of its class iu
design and moat elalmrato in construction. A
recent visitor givee a description of the structure,
which we reproduoe to accompany the engraving:
Nine miles distant from Tucson, dowu the
valley, is the old Mission church of St. Francis
Xavier, which is MM of the greatest objects of
interest in tho country. It wsa built about 2110
years ago by a community of Franciscans.
It is a spectacle to make one shudder la spite of
himself. There are still 74 life like atatuea of
apostles and aaiuta left standing 111 their niches.
Ukiii the faces of some of them the eiprtsalnn
is marvelous. Home have fallen dowu, aud
others arc mutilated by time or the irreverent,
They all allow akilllnl workmanship, and must
have been brought by the (alhcia from Spain.
The gliding over and above ilia main altar la
still very heavy and rich. I lie mam altar itaelf
is covered with beaten virgin gold, taken by the
monks or their Indian prose ly tea from the mines.
The altar service, w Inch Is also ol solid gold,
waa carried away a few years ago by some priests
who came from Mexico (or the puruawe, and
there are but two small vessels lelt to show
what the other and larger pleoea must have been.
There aro still some of the rich vestments left,
but their gorgeous texture is man. .1 by long
service and abuse. The heavy doors are made
I ol aolnl Mo.ul ol great thickness, which Is JoiiimI
1 together iu MiiieU by grooves. The large outer
I doors were not only made of thick liuilier, but
I were covered by thick sheets of copper, pio
cured from the uiluea aud smelted by the Wonka
, themselves, which, 111 conjunction with the euor
. mous bar on the inside, make them impervious
I to any attack from their savage enemy. Iu con
nection with the church is the inouaetery or
I cloister, and within ths surrounding inchieure la
Til MIHHION OK HAN XAVIKK DAL HAC, N K All TUCSON, AltloN A.
Compared with a majority of these old churches,
it ia ia a good state of preeervatioa. One of
the turrets is gone, but the belfry still stands,
in which hang lour or Ave belle ia sliver cadence 1
the others having been either camel away or
stolen. You reach the belfry by a aarrow
winding stair, I. mil ,a the s4ul wall, the steps
worn into deep hoUe aad depressions try ascend
log and descending fooUUpa In years gone by
The church ia cruciform, ami Is an immense sail
flee, with magnificent arches, and with really
wonderful acoustic facilities Mlrange, there
w as not a nail aaad in Iu eonstruetuia. It Is
built off a peculiar kind of cement, hard aad
resembling granite I be art of making It is
now entirely lost. The interior is elaborately
ornamented ; the paintings and eolorlags upon
the walls are still vivid ami bright, ae though
recently executed, sod goigaous ia effect, Toe
altar iweoe awl several other pictures ar.evl
deatly the wisra ol artiste, but the others, which
are numerous, were none r.y ptoses out an ar
tistic amis Al the end of the Wens. pt. high
up midway between the floor awl calling, la the
avast ghastly spectacle imaginable. A erase of
huge proportions deeply imbedded in the wall,
earruan.lad by rays of black, or dark broen and
while The body eass esteev-led ep.es II has
either fallen or been torn down, leaving ease
a- in, ksaa aad Iarowa ae that of a mammy, alia
boooa proUwdtag. sealed to the ana of Iks areee.
1 the mortuary chapel a huge sepulchar, where
tliuae who kept their vigils ami ladled la
strange, inhospitable land to I. a. I Into the paths
I of peace the benighted nations, lest from their
I lalairs anil are forgotten.
Or what traaaeendenl interest the bill of far
mast have been to Cardinal Dubois, who sailed
I on the dying F 00 tensile at his hoerdiag house I
Tl. l...f,..l t .1.
ami asking instructions la regard m the deeirsd
sauce, provoked aa eiiiaseUil controversy he
I ween Ike two ilogmalists. Fouleaelle Insisted
on cream, the cardinal oa aval leal batter, till the
landlord suggested a compromise-he would
divide the material and nee a separate aaaea for
each ball Hut Koateaalle was not deeliaed la
eat thai diaaer hie day of life was ended by a
stroke of spoplesy leaf era the saa had reaMae!
Ike atervliaa. Debuts who hail reessgaiaexl the
sal laet with a parosysfa of grief, Ihen rushed
to the leading aad shoaled dwa Iha an sua
aide words, " M-Un tear aa (Wre " (Baiter
aaaea lor the whole lot ')
Ki't'atrrti s mm 1 0,0 ia rag 110 -A
European writer asserts that eewla eoryaa, or
cold ia the head, is eureal la ball aa hoar by
caeeieg the leaf uf lies eecefypt., end slowly
ew.li owing Use saliva, lie aelloa is d-.l.i-Uaely
similar to thai of cebebt, Meh Well Ma
daea the saaue effect